Sunday liquor sales could be possible in Lake City

Lake City, SC (WMBF) - Controversy is stirring in one Florence County city, as moves are being made to allow liquor to be sold on Sunday.

Lake City leaders said uncorking the tap on Sunday, goes hand in hand with current revitalization efforts and will increase revenue for the area.

"I wasn't raise to it and I just don't think it's right," said Debbie Filyaw who doesn't support liquor sales on Sunday.

"I don't see the sense in allowing alcohol one more day in a community that already has a crime problem," Rashaud Graham said who serves as a local youth minister.

A vote soon to come this November to end alcohol prohibition in Lake City on Sunday's is creating a rift within the community.

Leaders said Sunday liquor sales will make the city more attractive and benefit Lake City.

"It's about our community as whole. Our 52 corridor coming in, you know we have a lot of national chain restaurants who intentionally avoid this community because they know they can't sale alcohol on Sunday," Gregg Moore President of Greater Lake City Chamber of Commerce said

WMBF did some digging and currently in Florence County only the City of Florence allows for restaurants to sell liquor, beer and wine on Sunday.

Across the county private non-profit clubs obtaining a permit can also allow for drinking on Sunday.

But now other than those two exceptions no other municipalities in Florence County allows for liquor sales on Sunday.

But the City of Lake City is shaking things up a bit and going a step further.

Leaders want bars to be open and selling liquor…. and beer and wine to be sold in stores on Sundays.

Lake City Mayor Lovith Anderson said if November's Referendum is passed by the people, the revenue bought in by Sunday Liquor and beer sales can go towards fixing infrastructure problems currently facing Lake City.

The manager of Labamba Mexican Restaurant in Lake City and he says every Sunday people walk out of his door when they learn they can't grab a beer.

"I think it could be a great idea for the Lake city area because we have some customers come into Labamba almost every Sunday they ask if we sell alcohol or beer but we can't," Gerardo Salgado said

It's the loss of those customers that result in the loss of revenue for businesses and ultimately the city that leaders say must stop if Lake City wants to move forward and be competitive with other local municipalities.

"What we are trying to do is attract restaurant and industry, create a vibrant downtown," said Moore.

Only people who live the Lake City can vote on that referendum vote which will take place on November 4.

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