Lee County supervisors oppose Sunday beer sales

BY LEESHA FAULKNER

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Lee County supervisors voiced their opposition Monday to Sunday alcohol sales in Tupelo and sent that message to the Tupelo City Council via a proclamation.

“We would not want to see that happen,” said Bobby Smith of District 2 and president of the Lee County Board of Supervisors. “If they approved theirs, we'd have to deal with that here. We don't want that to happen.”

Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants will show up on the council's study agenda Tuesday night. Council members will decide then if they want to consider it. If they do, any action would come within two weeks.

The local restaurant and hotel association requested that the council consider the issue.

Council members haven't said much about voting either way.

In October 1984, the Tupelo Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance for sale of beer and light wine – nine years before the form of city government changed to mayor-council.

Initially, the ordinance prohibited Sunday sales. Over the course of time, council members have amended the ordinance but never to allow Sunday sales.

City records show the council's latest consideration of Sunday beer and light wine sales was in 2002. The council voted it down.

Contact Leesha Faulkner at 678-1590 or leesha.faulkner@djournal.com