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Tue May 21, 2013
Hopkinsville City Council Considers Expanded Sales in Alcohol Ordinance Amendment
The Hopkinsville City Council will hear the first reading tonight of an amendment that would cut the fifty-year-old restriction that alcohol sales only be sold in the downtown area.
The move would essentially eliminate the four-by-fourteen-block boundary in which the sale of alcohol has been limited to since the mid-1960s.
Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin says the Council initially sought to allow non-profit organizations to obtain temporary licenses outside the downtown block, but council members decided the nearly 50-year-old ordinance needed updating.
Among the updates under consideration is also a requirement that bars close their doors at 1:30 a.m. The original ordinance stipulated that liquor sales and consumption stop at 1 a.m.
Martin says that section will remain, but bars would now have a thirty-minute grace period that would allow patrons to get home safely before a requirement to close for the night. The amendment needs two readings before it becomes law.