Voters to consider alcohol sales in Lyon County
LYON COUNTY, KY- There is a hot debate brewing over drinking a cold one- again. Right now, the county is what is referred to as 'moist.'
There are three places within the city limits of Kuttawa, two marinas and a restaurant, where people can currently order an adult beverage. Those who favor the measure say expanded alcohol sales could bring more business and dollars to the entire county.
Apolinar Mendez is the owner of Los Agave's Mexican restaurant. He says sales are good, but could be better.
"Some people call me and ask if we do serve alcohol and when I say 'no' I'm sure they are not coming, they're going elsewhere."
Mendez is one of several restaurant owners to join 'Look Ahead Lyon' a group eager for regulated alcohol sales.
Rick Reeder, is a retired minister and part of a group 100 strong that is opposing alcohol sales.
He says the county does not need the revenue, "Lyon County Tourism Commission, some of those folks said last year was one of the best years Lyon County Tourism has had and it did not have the expansion of alcohol."
Reeder said Lyon County's own statistics show when there is alcohol, compared to not, there are more D.U.I.'s. Also, he touched on a series of fatal accidents involving young people and alcohol. He said that alone is reason enough to vote the measure down Tuesday.
But Mendez is hoping voters will mark yes on the ballot.
"We have some customers but we still need some more," he said of his sales.
Polls open in Lyon County on Tuesday at 6 a-m and close at 6 p-m. If the measure does pass, the county will become wet in 60 days.