Tourist Commission backs alcohol vote
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jun 17, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist Commission officially came out in support of the effort to bring the wet/dry issue to a vote when it met on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 9 at Cadiz City Hall. Tourist Director Bill Stevens was asked to write a letter stating exactly that.

“The Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist Commission receives its only funding from a 3 percent transient room tax to operate its visitor center and conduct the county tourism marketing efforts,” the Board of Directors stated in a press release Monday. “Board Director Members felt like it was very important for residents have the choice to at least have the opportunity to be able vote on this issue if there is enough documented support to be placed on a ballot.”

Greg Batts of Prizer Point brought up the issue, and said that since many people ask about places to drink in the area, the issue of allowing alcohol sales is a tourism-related issue.

Board Member John Bryant said he supported the effort and even has petition slips at his restaurant, Hot Diggity Dog, where people can sign the petition. According to Bryant, 76 percent of the adult population in the United States has at least the occasional drink, and said that means the county is “going after the other 24 percent.”

“It would help us,” Bryant said about allowing alcohol in the county, adding that the Renaissance Committee has come out in support of a vote as well.

One member said that to give money to one group or the other might lead to a slippery slope, and wondered if it was a tourism issue. Another member said that many in the county’s tourism community do support the effort.
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