Wet/Dry issue makes it to Lee County ballots

Posted at 6:21 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 18:23:49-04

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — As you probably know, there are counties in Kentucky that don't allow the sale of alcohol at stores and restaurants. Coming this November, a group hopes to change that in Lee County, where they've gathered enough signatures to get the issue on the ballot.

It's a debate that's been years in the making. The question has stayed the same for years. Should restaurants and stores be allowed to sell alcohol in Lee County?

Lee County is still one of several places in Kentucky that has stayed dry. Chelsey Dunahoo is part of a group that gathered the 648 signatures needed to get the issue on the city and county ballot. She thinks it could help the economy, tourism and maybe even safety.

"Everybody that I had talked to for other counties had told me that their biggest change that they saw was their DUI rate dropped," said Dunahoo.

On the alternative side of the debate, opponents think with other recurring problems in the county that aren't changing, why add another?

"I don't see the benefits. Nobody has shown it in the neighboring counties. I don't see it growing our economy. If there is a risk, we have enough struggles now. I don't want to see any more risk," one man told LEX 18.