Beer and sales flow
This week marked a year since the sale of beer and light wine became legal in New Albany.
Most of the people we’ve talked with say there has been a dramatic amount of beer sold in New Albany, bringing home sales revenue that had been going to other counties, mostly Lee County.
Most of those sales, though, are in cartons at gas stations, convenience stores, and at grocery and drug stores.
Only three or four restaurants are serving beer and light wine and the projected increase in restaurants in the community largely has yet to occur. That is attributable to the economy and the fact that most chain restaurants only locate in communities that permit wine and mixed drink sales.
Proponents of the ballot issue predicted arrests for alcohol related issues would decline with legalization. That has been true for illegal possession, open containers and public drunkenness as well as driving while intoxicated outside the city limits.
However, arrests in the city for DUI have gone up significantly, which city officials attribute to a federal grant that permitted hiring a full-time police officer for DUI enforcement.
In short, the only real change has been that money no longer is flowing out of our city to neighboring counties for beer and light wine. Instead the money is helping our businesses and our restaurants survive a tough economy.
About Chris Elkins
- Watkins is DAISY nursing award winner November 29, 2016
- Myrtle Christmas parade will be Friday night November 29, 2016
- Community holiday meal expected to feed 1,200 Dec. 17 November 29, 2016
- Eastern Lights December 1, 2016
- New Albany Garden Club December 1, 2016
- Chamberlin loses county but wins election December 1, 2016
- Finally, no flooding December 1, 2016
- Myrtle Tree of Hope to add local children December 1, 2016
- Library program offers book gift idea for the holidays December 1, 2016
- NA Christmas parade may still be in the works December 1, 2016
- Myke Britt: Someone asked "what has happened to our country"...
- Nonie: Margaret Gwendolyn Roberts McCraw - My Aunt Margar...
- Caleb Frederick: This is a great idea!...
- jonathan makeley: Jim Hedges 2016 If you are interested in joining t...
- Jim Hall: i'v read both of mr. coffeys' books, love them b...