(KYTX) - Tyler City Council passed all proposed ordinances Tuesday regarding the sale of beer and wine in Tyler - despite community concerns and an official challenge against elections for the alcohol measures.
Voters in Tyler and Smith County Precinct 2 approved the measure to sell beer, wine and mixed drinks in restaurants on Nov. 6.
The issue has caused spirited debates since it was proposed. However, voters overwhelmingly opted for the chance to go wet.
According to a previously published Tyler Morning Telegraph article, even those working to bring alcohol sales to the area were shocked by the turnout.
"I had no idea voters would respond with these types of numbers," said Bob Westbrook, chairman of Buy Local First, the political action committee that worked to bring beer and wine sales to the two jurisdictions. "I am humbled by the result, but I think this sends a clear to the opposition."
Although it will take 45 to 60 days for beer and wine to hit Tyler store shelves, it will be the first time since 1940 that it has been offered.
Tyler expanded mixed beverage sales in 2008, effectively doing away with requiring patrons to be "private members" to buy alcohol in bars and restaurants.
City spokeswoman Susan Guthrie said they estimate at least 100 businesses will apply for permits. She said the permitting process does not generate funding adequate to add positions and that the Planning and Zoning Department will handle applications with its present staff.
Each application will be reviewed and physically checked to ensure compliance to the various ordinances, Guthrie said.