Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Dr. Ricky Plummer, a pastor, doesn't oppose alcoholic beverages because of Biblical teachings. His problem with them are issues they create.
“I believe (alcohol) does more harm in our community than anything,” he told WTVY, noting alcohol kills more people than guns.
That's why the senior pastor of Bethel Baptist Church is against a proposal that would allow Dothan restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 10 on Sunday mornings. Under current law, those products can't be sold until one o'clock.
For Plummer, it's not so much the time change but a matter of principal. “Why can't we keep Sundays sacred?”, he asks.
Restaurants believe the earlier time would increase sales because they would be able to offer a Sunday brunch.
Local governments that already allow Sunday alcohol sales can allow Sunday morning sales under “Brunch” bill the Alabama Legislature passed in the 2017. Several cities have already approved earlier sales.
“The amount of alcohol sold..when and how...has always been a sensitive issue in the city of Dothan,” is how Mayor Mark Saliba analyzes the issue.
He's not sure enough yes votes will be cast to approve the measure.
Plummer disagrees. Not only does he predict approval, he also believes it won't be long before sales are permitted around the clock, including Sundays.
Dothan commissioners approved more liberal laws in 2009 and again in 2014.
Other, than 11hours on Sunday (2 a.m.-1 p.m.) sales are already permitted. Under the most recent proposal, stores still could not sell beer and win until one.
A vote on expanding alcohol sales hours on Sundays is expected in the next few weeks.
Not part of that proposal are stores than sell beer and wine for off-premise consumption. Those sales would still not be allowed until one.