Bethel planning for reduced liquor restrictions

Posted: Friday, October 16, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Although voters in Bethel voted to lift the 32-year ban on liquor sales, many residents are trying to block anyone from opening bars or liquor stores.

The city council plans a special meeting next week to consider zoning rules that could limit where liquor could be sold, and Mayor Joe Klejka wants a one-year moratorium on liquor license applications.

One of the petitioners who put the issue on the ballot, Tom Hawkins, said about 20 people have joined a citizens coalition opposed to anyone opening a bar or liquor store in Bethel.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that many people who voted to cast off liquor restrictions were just fed up with state oversight of alcohol they ordered from Anchorage or Fairbanks.



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