Group calls for downtown wet-dry vote after proposed ordinance


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 12:13 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Imagine 4th Street Live with no alcohol sales. That's the idea behind a group of liquor store owners in the West End that will soon have to stop selling liquor after 2am.

The group today will circulate a petition asking for a wet dry vote on Fourth Street Live.

Liquor store owners in the west end will soon no longer be able to sell liquor in their stores after 2 am. The council expected to pass the ordinance Thursday. Owners say they plan to fight back

"Getting a wet dry petition going to circulate in L110 to take 4th Street Live dry, " John Owen of Portland Business Association said.

The President of the Portland Business Association and liquor store owners spoke out today saying the 2 am ban unfairly targets small businesses. Barbara Dill says most her business is between 2 and 4 am.

"I have a lot of business. I probably have 50-60 cars between 2 and 4," liquor store owner Barbara Dill said.

District 6 Councilman David James says liquor stores in his district will be affected. But he says this is all about safety.

"It just so happens that around those locations, crime occurs. It's a quality of life issue. These locations are in people’s neighborhoods. They are in areas where people try to raise their children," District 6 councilman David James said.

They need 25 percent of voters that cast votes in the last general election in the district. If they get that, the mayor has 60-90 to set an election on the wet dry vote.

"The statistics presented by the council proves that the liquor stores are not the problem. It's the nightclubs. It's the bars. So why isn't this ordinance not being targeted to shut down 4th street live,” Owen said.

The bill that is being presented does not apply to restaurants and bars. It also exempts 2-4 am licenses for beer sales.