New Brockton Wet/Dry Vote

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

A bill is pending before the Alabama Senate making it easier for smaller towns to approve the sale of alcohol. Officials in one central Coffee County town may want the voters to decide.

Carol Sunday and her family operate a grocery in downtown New Brockton.

The "dry" town is sandwiched between two "wet" cities, Enterprise and Elba.

Mrs. Sunday says she loses profits by seeing folks drive out-of-town to buy their beer and wine, but even if it's legalized here, she never plans to sell alcohol:

“As a Christian woman, as a mother, and as a wife, I don't believe in selling alcohol,” Sunday said. “It presents a whole set of issues and problems."

This week, New Brockton officials discussed placing a Wet/Dry Referendum on the ballot.

If a bill passes the state legislature, it would allow smaller towns like New Brockton to decide its fate.

Nathan Drewery, with New Brockton Auto Parts said, "If we could sell something legal in order for the town to benefit from the tax revenue, and maybe it'll help residents and business owners with lowering their utility bills."

However, an area clergy member believes any financial gain would be far outweighed by the physical and emotional toll it would have on area families.

Rev. John Granger, with the Coffee Co. Baptist Assoc. said, "We oversee 50 churches in the county. I would dare say that we speak for all on this issue; there may be some that's somewhat different, but we hope that the county can, and will stay dry."

The New Brockton Town Council did not take a stand on the wet/dry issue.

Its fate depends on the bill pending before the state Senate at this time.

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