Early morning liquor sales may stop

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 6:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Six Metro Council members are proposing the city-wide ordinance to take away the liquor license that permits liquor sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.

“There are neighbors that just don't want this happening at two, three, four in the morning,” said District 1 Councilwoman Attica Scott. 

The hope is to reduce crime and make neighborhoods safer.

“There has been some solid research that's found a correlation between violent crime and burglaries in areas where packaged liquor sales are occurring  between 2 and 4,” said Scott.

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 targeted unfairly.  At Lucky Juniors, owners started a petition against the proposed ordinance. Sandra Fant is the owner of The Liquor Store on 26th and Broadway. She says Metro Council members are ignoring larger issues.

“You've got Bardstown Road where they stay open till 4 a.m. drinking and people have to get in their cars and leave. These people come here after two to take their stuff home,” said Fant.

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,” said Fant.

Fant says if this passes she will not only lose business, but she predicts crime in the area will increase.

“There will be a lot more selling to minors because they don't care who they sell to. We are controlled by the ABC,” said Fant. 

The "they"  Fant refers to are bootleggers. Fant believes that people will drink past 2 a.m. no matter what. She contends if liquor stores can't sell alcohol, it will be sold unlawfully on the street. Council members maintain it's a quality of life issue. The public safety committee will hear the ordinance September 3rd at 7p.m. 

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