Voters OK by-the-drink alcohol sales – Dothan Eagle

MARIANNA — The ballots have been counted and, as of 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Jackson County is now a “wet” county.

By mail-in election, voters approved by-the-drink sales of “intoxicating liquors, wines, or beer” with more than 6.243 alcohol by volume for on-site consumption. The move, according to some supporters, could benefit the local economy, while several detractors expressed concern over the social ramifications of loosening county alcohol regulations.

Though most ballots were received days earlier, county elections supervisor Sylvia Stephens and her staff worked into the early evening Tuesday, counting ballots that arrived just under the wire at the Marianna office.

Mystie Richards, owner and operator of Bistro Palms in downtown Marianna, was exuberant after the final vote was announced, even going so far as to do a “happy dance” in the elections office.

Richards says her establishment will soon apply to be licensed for by-the-drink alcohol sales approved by Jackson County voters, expanding what’s currently offered at the restaurant.

The single-issue election was decided by a voter turnout of 37.12 percent. That’s on par with the last mail-in election, the school board’s half-cent sales tax measure, Stephens said.

Yes-ballots cast in Tuesday’s election totaled 6,435, while 4,110 voted no on the measure.


Voters OK by-the-drink alcohol sales Watch again +1 

A report issued by elections officials Tuesday night, shows unofficial results of a vote to loosen restrictions on alcohol sales in Jackson County.

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