Voters weigh in on Cecil precinct wet/dry vote

Despite a 67-66 yes vote for alcohol sales in the Cecil precinct of McCracken County, the Sansone Group won’t reconsider its decision not to build near the mall. They say the project is too costly. Turning the precinct wet could be incentive for other businesses, though, according to commissioner Scott Wathen.

Robert Gerue moved to McCracken County from Chicago, and he says he likes it better here because it’s quiet. That’s why he voted Tuesday to keep it dry. He says he thinks the space that the Sansone Group was interested in should have been annexed, so his part of the precinct wouldn’t be impacted by alcohol.

Gerue says he is pro-business, but that he likes the mall and the many restaurants surrounding it to be a mile away from him. “I don’t want a lot of extra restaurants maybe popping up or just bars popping up in this area,” he said.

Ricky King cast one of the 67 yes votes, and he says he wants to see the developments keep coming into the precinct. “Seems like all the restaurants in this area are always full in Paducah, and it seems like we can always use some more,” King said.

King says he hopes the vote will extend business along Hinkleville Road beyond Huck’s. “I think that’s the future for this area, Highway 60 west.”

Despite support for the Sansone Group’s project, Lynn Dickey with the McCracken County Clerk’s Office says, over the years, many businesses have inquired about allowing alcohol sales in the precinct. 

The vote totals will be certified Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. From then, it could take six weeks for ABC licenses to be granted. 

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