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Sundown goes wet in special election

Sundown voters gave the nod to a local option Saturday when they approved the sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premise consumption.

Voters OK’d the option when 93 voted to allow the sale of alcohol, while 72 opposed it.

A total of 107 people voted early on the issue. That number included two provisional ballots.

Voter turnout was low, said City Administrator Curtis Schrader.

‘The total was really low,’ Schrader said. ‘It was the only issue on the ballot.’

He said the next step is for someone to obtain a permit to sell alcoholic beverages at the retail level. They must go through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

‘Everything now has to go through TABC,’ he said.

The Sundown City Council recently approved an ordinance regulating the sale of such beverages.

Such beverages may only be sold in commercially zoned parts of the city, and they must not be closer than 300 feet to a daycare or childcare center.

Schrader said it might be two months before alcohol is available in the city.

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