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Parkland-area wet-dry vote causes controversy

Kary Roff Kary Roff
Sandra Fant Sandra Fant
Steve Edwards Steve Edwards
Tim McGurk Tim McGurk

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In the final days before a wet-dry vote in one Metro neighborhood, controversy continues. On April 6, registered voters of Precinct M-107 will cast their ballots to decide whether to continue the sale of alcohol in the Parkland-area precinct, three-quarters of which already sells alcohol.

On the evening of April 1, Metro Councilwoman Judith Green (D - District 1) made a last attempt to make sure voters understand what the vote really means for their community. Many of them expressed their frustrations.

"It's either going to be wet or its going to be dry," one voter said. "Those of you out here voting no, it is nothing against you, but we have to think about the businesses that are already here."

"The people don't want this," said Kary Roff, a voter who is against selling alcohol in the area. "They don't want no more negativity in the neighborhood."

Some people worry the vote could put businesses on the line, while others support keeping the community first.

"I'm here to support voting it wet and that's because are my business in the community," said Sandra Fant. 

"We cannot base our existence on the sale of alcohol," said Steve Edwards said.

Tim McGurk, a spokesperson for Kroger, said if the area goes dry, the grocery store could lose as little as 2% to as much as 15% in sales.

"Taking that concern more, 15% of the grocery shoppers do buy beer while they get their groceries," McGurk said.

For the past 25 years, Kroger has been selling alcohol in that part of Louisville. But when precinct lines were redrawn a few years back, it combined wet and dry sections of town into one precinct.

"We got folks in this community who care who goes in this neighborhood and what comes into this neighborhood," Roff said.

According to Tony Hyatt, spokesperson for the Metro Council's Democratic Caucus, the reason there is going to be a special election on this in the first place is because Denise Bentley, a former Louisville Alderwoman, who does not live in the precinct, felt the area needed an economic boost. She started a petition, collected enough signatures and now it needs to be voted on.

The vote is Tuesday, April 6. Registered voters can cast their ballots from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

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