REPORT: Downtown West Point could see 24/7 liquor sales

WEST POINT – West Point could soon corner the coveted nightlife market.

The city Board of Selectmen voted unanimously during its July meeting to apply to the Mississippi Tax Commission and the Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control for resort status for the downtown district. The initial request for application came from management for the newly renovated Ritz Theater in downtown West Point.

According to Bill Martin, Deputy Chief of the ABC, if the designated city area is granted resort status and West Point does not impose its own limitations on the hours alcohol can be served, there will be no limits. Therefore, alcohol could be served 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“A lot of times, (the ABC) approves what the city wants, but the hours are 24/7 unless (the city) requests the hours be reduced,” Martin said.

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Jason Browne/The Commercial Dispatch