Aldermen voted 4-3 on Tuesday night to ask the State Tax Commission to authorize restaurants to sell alcohol - including beer, light wine, wine and liquor - on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
During two public hearings on the matter, opponents cited religious, moral and public-safety grounds for their opposition. However, proponents emphasized economic benefits.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau advisory board stated in a letter to aldermen, "New retail businesses and restaurants are sure to be interested in Starkville, MS, once this progressive and forward-thinking ordinance is passed."
State Tax Commission approval is considered likely. Assuming it is granted, Starkville will join West Point and Columbus in having legalized Sunday alcohol service.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.