City Council approves five of eight alcohol variances - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/27/09

City Council approves five of eight alcohol variances

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council said yes to five of eight stores seeking exceptions to sell alcohol Thursday.  7-Eleven at 4th Street and University Avenue sat too close to Texas Tech University according to state guidelines, so they had to get special permission from city council.

That's the case with all locations seeking an exception Thursday.  They were less than 300-feet away of LISD Schools, Trinity Christian School or Texas Tech.

Council did not give unanimous approval to any location. John Leonard and Paul Beane did vote "no" on each location, while Floyd Price and Linda DeLeon voted "yes" to each. Leonard says he's sticking with state guidelines.  Price says he trying to be fair.

"If someone is going to build a new place within the 300-feet, I would not grant that either, but the ones that are already there, have been there for years and years and years, those should be granted in. I think that's fair," Price said. 

"I think you're starting to see a pattern evolve. There seems to be an exception between a convenience store and a larger box store; there seem to be some differences among some members between Texas Tech and K-12 grade schools," Leonard said. 

Tonight on NewsChannel 11 at ten we'll have more on this debate, and hear from one local store owner about what Thursday's decision means for his business.

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