WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– When booze is on the ballot there is no shortage of opinions and come next Tuesday voters will make their opinions law.
Along the sleepy roads of Bladen County there are places to stop and buy beer just not everywhere.
Robin Summerlin is part of a group pushing for alcohol sales he says a yes vote is just common sense.
“Absolutely,” Summerlin said, “we’re trying to create a positive progressive campaign to encourage people to vote for the referendum.”
A referendum that would allow any store in Bladen County to sell beer and wine.
Meaning towns that were previously dry could face a wet reality.
We think that there are other ways that it can be done
Reverend Chris Carrol with Elizabethtown Baptist Church hopes the people vote no.
“We look forward to helping this community grow but to grow in a way that will please god,” said Carroll.
He and his church are members of the Bladen Baptist Association and are fighting hard to get out the no vote.
The argument for the referendum though increased revenue saying countywide beer and wine sales will bring in more money when towns start selling it.
That’s not the point Carrol says.
“We also believe that there are other fruitful ways that can bring in revenue, that will bring in even more revenue, in a way that does promote the community known as Elizabethtown,” he added.
Though Elizabethtown already sells beer and wine and folks like Robin Summerlin say that’s the point.
“It’s less of a drive to purchase a product,” he says, “that’s already legal.”
If passed the referendum would not allow towns to opt out. Meaning if a town is currently dry it will be stripped of that title.
It certainly does not mean any store will have to sell alcohol that would be up to the owner of the business.