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Liquor store rules could change in Southaven

(WMC-TV) - A proposal to make sure there is a greater distance between liquor stores and family-oriented places is up for debate in Southaven.

Southaven officials proposed to widen the buffer between schools, churches, parks and liquor stores. It would change the distance from those family-type atmospheres to liquor stores from 250 feet to 1,500 feet.

But what about current liquor stores, like Cheers Liquor, which already meets the current requirements? Liquor stores that are already standing will be grandfathered in.

Even so Cheers Liquor will be grandfathered in, store owner Ronnie Noe still does not see a reason for the change.

"Nobody wants to offend anyone's religion," he said. "However, on Sundays, we close all liquor stores."

But local churches disagree.

"We have something here every day, so if people are able to buy liquor across the street, you never know if they've already had some," said Linda Gregory, Southaven Community Church. "I would think it needs to be at more, at least 1,500 feet, if not more."

The city planner says they plan to vote on this issue at their next meeting on February 19. If it is a unanimous vote, the new rules will take effect February 20.

In addition grandfathering in already existing liquor stores, the new rules would require a half mile distance between existing liquor stores.

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