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Pearl liquor referendum vote Tuesday

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Residents in the City of Pearl will go to the polls Tuesday, to voice their opinions on using liquor to lure economic development to their area.

This special election Tuesday will determine if restaurants there can apply for resort status, to serve alcohol and wine.

Residents will vote 'Yes' or 'No' on whether to allow restaurants to serve alcohol and wine by the glass.

The restaurants will have to make 70 percent of their income from the sale of food.

Bars and liquor stores still not allowed.

"There's not much difference in them having a beer or a glass of wine," said Jack Tullos of Pearl Forward Now.

Tullos hopes it will be the spark to get the Bloomfield retail outlet development sparked beside Trustmark Park, and bring in millions in tax revenues for the city.

"It could be a boom for us, we got all this area out here Trustmark vicinity, that's not developed yet so were looking at outlet malls hopefully will come in here following this vote that would increase our tax base, increase jobs for citizens of Pearl," Tullos said.

Local pastors fear if the referendum is passed, it would change the atmosphere at family restaurants.

"Were for economic growth and for jobs but not at the cost of our families our family friendly, this City of Pearl is a wonderful family friendly city," said Pastor Jeff Buchanan of Pearl First Baptist.

Pearl has watched their neighbor Flowood flourish after passing their own liquor referendum.

"We've talked to officials at Flowood they've not seen any increase in DUI or anything like that but they have seen about 25 percent increase in tax revenues, which is what we could desperately use," Tullos said.

If the referendum is passed, restaurants would have to apply individually for liquor licenses from the city.

For more information and a map of the resort status area, click the link below.

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