Cave City Wet/Dry Vote

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

Cave City is divided. The issue that's got the city split is a liquor-by-the-drink vote.

Dennis Hudgins says: "Our stance on the vote for November 8th is I am against the alcohol referendum that has been brought before the city."

As Minister of the Cave City Church of Christ Dennis Hudgins does not think the sale of alcohol will benefit the community. Brian Dale is executive director of the Cave City Convention Center and owner of the Sahara restaurant. He says the city is suffering because they cannot sell liquor.

Brian Dale says: "If we can attract some hotels, restaurants, other attractions, shopping a lot of different things then it will help. But that's all based on the limited ability to have alcohol sales in restaurants."

Hudgins says he has lived in a city that passed an alcohol vote... but there have been no major economic developments because of it.
Furthermore he says not everyone bases their decision on where to travel on the ability to have a drink.

Hudgins says: "When we go on vacation we don't look at whether they serve alcohol. We look at what it's like what they have and whether we want to go and spend our money there."

But Dale says some businesses are already eyeing the area because of the alcohol vote.

Dale says: "In the last month, we've had five restaurant chains inquire about Cave City because of the publicity from this. We've had one hotel developer last week. We've had two land developers in the last six months."

Whether or not the vote is passed or change occurs all remains to be seen when the people cast their votes.

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