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Tyler city council canvasses votes from alcohol election

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Tyler, TX (KYTX) -- An important step to getting beer and wine on store shelves in Tyler was taken Monday morning. Tyler city council members accepted canvassed votes from November's alcohol election.

New ordinances relating to things like distance requirements and signs for beer and wine are also concrete.

"We wanted to make sure we maintain our natural beauty. We have many citizens that have been concerned about that," Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass said.

Businesses now have to do the legwork, getting permit applications from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, then taking it to the city's planning and zoning department.

"We expect that process to gain momentum, obviously the large companies have the resources to get out there faster," Bass said.

TABC is ready to handle the load.

"We do have the ability to separate the applications, and assign it to other personnel throughout the state in order to speed the process up," Victor Kuykendoll, TABC spokesperson, said.

Since the process takes about 2 months on average, you could see products on store shelves in January. 

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