Alcohol In Andrews: City Could Enact Distance Regulations 11/06/13
CBS 7 News
November 6, 2013
ANDREWS-The voters said yes to the sale of beer and wine in stores and mixed drinks in restaurants. Supporters of this movement say it's a big win economically.
But there's still a chance the city could step in and limit where alcohol can be sold.
Schools, day cares and churches are just a few of the places near which the city council could say no to alcohol sales.
"They can choose to have no distance regulations or look at prohibiting within 300 feet from churches, schools, day cares and hospitals,” said Andrews City Manager Glen Hackler.
That’s just shy of the equivalent of a football field. Since churches and schools dot the map in Andrews, it could cause problems for some businesses.
"Everything is close together, it's a small town, it might limit some of these gas stations from selling liquor," said Andrews Resident Anthony Martinez.
"It's good, if there's a school around here, don't sell it near there,” said Andrews Resident Junior Salazar.
Hackler says schools could ask for as much as a 1,000-foot buffer zone. That's about the equivalent of three football fields.
"I anticipate that the council will take it up soon,” Hackler said.
In order for a business to sell alcohol in Andrews, the city must first sign off on their application. According to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission License Supervisor Kyle Russell, the business must then run two notices in the local newspaper.
Restaurants that want to sell mixed drinks must also post a 60-day notice before state officials give the go ahead. So it will be at least a few weeks before sales begin.
The city has not yet received any applications for sales. They will need to meet to officially verify the election results by November 18. They will not accept applications for alcohol sales until then.