CRYSTAL SPRINGS, MS (WLBT) - Controversy was brewing Crystal Springs over Sunday beer sales Tuesday night.
The city hall board room was filled to capacity with residents who were opposed to a move by city leadership to legalize the sale of light beer and wine on Sunday.
The crowd spilled outside the building to discuss the proposal that was passed by the Board of Aldermen earlier this month.
Those we talked with say they are concerned that citizens had no input and were not given any notice about the move to sell beer on Sunday.
Jack Brasher, who opposes Sunday beer sales, said, "All that does is bring more trouble to this city. We really don't need it. We need to be concentrating on ways that we can improve the city with revenue by filling up the 16 to 18 empty buildings we've got downtown not selling beer on Sundays."
New Zion Baptist Church Pastor Webb Armstrong said, "We are asking tonight that they repeal this and turn it over so that we can stop the further legalization of alcohol in this community."
"I think the way it was handled was handled very poorly. The public did not have an opportunity for input into it, the way it was handled, a very secretive manner and that bothers me a great deal," said retired Pastor Charles Burton.
Crystal Springs Mayor, Arthur Lee Evans, Jr. tells us the measure to sell light beer, and wine at restaurants, hotels and bed and breakfast inns was passed by a 4 to 1 vote.
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