Resort status being pursued again in Philadelphia, Miss.

PHILADELPHIA — The city of Philadelphia is going back to lawmakers in 2012 seeking approval to be designated a qualified resort area so restaurants inside the city can serve wine and liquor by the glass.

Mayor James Young tells the Neshoba Democrat that the issue died this year amid some confusion over deadlines to get a bill to lawmakers.

If passed by the Legislature, there would be a citywide referendum.

Young says chain restaurants have expressed an interest in coming to Philadelphia, which would generate more sales tax and a better quality of life.

An early 2010 study showed that an estimated $12.3 million in sit-down restaurant business leaves Philadelphia annually and about $41 million in grocery shopping is done elsewhere.

The Associated Press