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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There’s a battle over booze brewing between two Brunswick County towns.

A bill in a General Assembly committee, if passed, would let Leland residents decide if they want liquor stores in town. Some of their neighbors in Belville are not happy about it.

Alcohol sales are basically how Belville got started,” Mayor Mike Allen said. It’s one of the main reasons the town was incorporated back in 1977.

“We have two stores here in the town, and they represent the town well and the county provides the rest,” Allen said.

The two liquor stores do more than just represent the town. They provide around 10 percent of its annual revenue. That’s why Allen and other town leaders fought back against a bill Leland pushed for in the General Assembly to let residents vote to have an ABC board of their own.

“I don’t think it’s fair,” Allen said.

But fairness has a different definition for some residents in Leland.

“I’m a Leland resident, and Leland should have the same opportunity to open up an ABC store as Belville,” Stan Silwinski said.

“We would lose revenue, and the county would lose revenue if Leland gets their ABC bill passed through the legislature,” Allen said.

But Belville won’t have to worry for now at least. One of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) says the legislation is on hold, the StarNews reports.

Leland’s mayor and town manager did not return calls today for comment.

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2016 years 2 months ago

Is that true? How is that possible ? Some towns, like Belville aren;t 7 mile sin diameter. How can it be justified that Belville has 2 (one really in the middle of leland) and Leland can;t have one?

Olde Towne Resident
2016 years 2 months ago

What most, including the TV station and the bloggers, are missing is that this “Act” which Leland tried to sneak through is ILLEGAL under the NC Constitution which states: “No local Act shall be enacted which supercedes an Act of the General Assembly”. Leland tried just that and got caught! As for Hamiltons comment regarding distance, the NC General Statutes mandate a seven mile distance between stores in adjoining towns.

Robert Earl
2016 years 2 months ago

Belville is the biggest joke of a town I could ever imagine. They have no right to exist. They mooch off Leland and Brunswick County, using all of their services and giving back what in return… 2 liquor stores that make up 10% of their budget. Thanks Belville for the booze. Better yet, why don’t you give Leland your stores and then unincorporate. Shame on you, Suzi for caving in to a town with a couple of power-hungry politicians.

Olde Towne Resident
2016 years 2 months ago

What neither the TV station nor the bloggers are addressing is that what Leland is trying to sneak through is ILLEGAL and in VIOLATION of the NC Constitution which states: “No local Act shall be enacted that supercedes the Acts of the General Assembly”. This is an overt attempt to do just that!

2016 years 2 months ago

There is NO BELVILLE. Its just paperwork that happens inside of Leland. Leland provides all the services for Belville there is no reason this town should even exist. Its a HUGE JOKE. The mayor is a joke, the whole town is a joke. JOKE.

There are two ABC stores in LELAND already, they just happen to have a Belville address. JOKE. Its all the same stupid zip code too, which, guess what…..

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