Oxonians’ input sought on Sunday sales

OXFORD – The city’s Alcohol Committee voted Thursday to seek public input about the possibility of Sunday alcohol sales.
Oxonians are invited to submit comments and concerns via mail or Web.
At a public forum on Sept. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall courtroom, residents can weigh in, and committee members will respond to questions.
Oxford’s Alcohol Committee was formed primarily to consider whether and how Sunday alcohol sales could be implemented without harming the day’s traditional dignity.
Chairman Peyton Self reported that Tourism Coordinator Mary Allyn Roulhac had called officials in other college towns across Mississippi and the Southeastern Conference to find out how alcohol sales had affected their Sundays.
“She found out pretty much what John Currence had told us – that it wasn’t too bad,” Self said. Currence, the owner of four Oxford restaurants, is also on the committee.
Two main concerns about Sunday sales have been limiting hours of service and keeping the more raucous bars closed while allowing full-service restaurants to serve cocktails, wine and beer with meals.
Mississippi law requires that alcohol licensees get at least one-quarter of their sales from food, but committee members largely believe that rule goes unenforced. Jack Dunbar, an attorney on the committee, suggested that random audits of those who apply to sell on Sunday could deter some of the louder bars from applying.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

To weigh in
- Oxford’s Web site likely will have a link for comments on Sunday alcohol sales sometime today. Traditional mail can be sent to 107
Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS 38655, ATTN: Alcohol Committee.

Errol Casten/NEMS Daily Journal