I heard that on the radio this morning but it was kindof confusing. So the town isn't 'dry' it's just 'local wet only'?? That's kinda cool.
- Original vote (I've lost track of what happened when... it's all been over the course of this school year, which is how I track time ): Residents voted to move from "damp" Local Option to no Local Option, commonly known as "Wet."
- Residents discover that in going no-Local-Option, we'd be opening ourselves up to local liquor sales, which no one really wanted. People just didn't want their name going on a list whenever they ordered alcohol, and a few (DH and me, anyway ) wanted to be able to homebrew legally.
- A few local businesses (a store and some restaurants? Maybe two stores and some restaurants? Something like that) apply for liquor licenses.
- People freak right the *bleep* out.
- Advisory vote (to the Alcohol Beverage Control Board): Community says "We don't want liquor sales in Bethel."
- ABC Board rejects all liquor license applications, I BELIEVE citing the advisory vote.
- People who opposed the original ditch-the-Local-Option movement petition to hold ANOTHER vote. Now, after you vote INTO a Local Option status (damp or dry) you have to wait two years (three years? I forget) to change it, but there's no specification as to how long you have to wait after voting OUT of Local Option.
- People vote. We remain "No Local Option," and hopefully the ABC board will continue to respect the "please don't approve liquor sales in town" advisory vote.
So there ya go. My (fairly uneducated) take on what has gone down this school year. Clear as mud, eh?