LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – 6 Metro Council members are proposing a city-wide ordinance to take away the liquor license that permits liquor sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
The hope is to reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer.
“There are neighbors that just don’t want this happening at two, three, four in the morning,” District 1 councilwoman Attica Scott said. “There has been some solid research that’s found a correlation between violent crime and burglaries in areas where packaged liquor sales are occurring.”
23 of those 35 retailers with the special license are in west Louisville. West end liquor store owners we talked to say they are being unfairly targeted.
At Lucky Juniors, the owners started a petition against the proposed ordinance.
Sandra Fant, owner of a liquor store on 26th and Broadway, says Metro Council members are ignoring important issues.
“You’ve got Bardstown Road, where they stay open ‘til 4 a.m. drinking on premises and people have to get in their cars and leave. These people come here after two to take their stuff home,” Fant said.
Liquor store owners say the abuse of alcohol isn’t the problem – it’s the rampant drug use in the west end.
“It’s the meth, it’s the crack cocaine,” Fant said.
Fant said if this passes, she will not only lose business but she predicts crime in the area will increase.
“A lot more selling to minors because they don’t care who they sell to – we are controlled by the A.B.C.,” she said.
The “they” Fant refers to are bootleggers. She believes that people will drink past 2 a.m. no matter what.
Fant contends if liquor stores can’t sell alcohol, it would be sold unlawfully on the street.
Council members maintain it’s a quality of life issue.
The Public Safety Committee will hear the ordinance Tuesday, September 3 at 7 p.m.
The proposed ordinance does not include the sale of beer, so 24 hour convenience stores will not be affected if the ordinance passes.