Alcohol zoning issues delay sales - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/16/09

Alcohol zoning issues delay sales

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock's alcohol zoning is the topic of discussion for a Monday court hearing. Two of Lubbock County's largest alcohol sellers filed suit, saying the rules are unfair and illegal, but Lubbock Mayor, Tom Martin, says he stands by the city's zoning ordinance.

The votes were in a week ago, and Lubbock is officially wet but it could be more than three months before Lubbockites see alcohol in their local grocery stores. "There's been a motion filed by some liquor stores in the area who think the zoning is too restrictive and does not allow them to basically operate where ever they would like to operate within the city," said Martin.  

Majestic Inc. And Pinkies Inc. filed a lawsuit against the city on May 4th for a zoning ordinance the City Council passed in December. When the liquor stores filed the law suit, NewsChannel 11 talked with their attorney, Zach Brady. He said, "This lawsuit is about if we do have those alcohol sales we want those rules to be fair and compliant with state law."

The city still stands behind the original ordinance. "The city feels that its zoning ordinance is valid and is legally active and is ready to defend it," said Martin. 

Both sides will appear in court Monday morning, but neither is ready to back down."I feel pretty confident that there will be a delay in the proceedings on Monday," said Martin. He added, if the hearing is postponed it could be up to 90 days before anything is resolved.

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