Horn Lake to allow beer sales on city property

HORN LAKE, Miss. (AP) - The city of Horn Lake has ended a 31-year-old ban on sales of beer on city property.

Horn Lake aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved an ordinance to allow beer and light wines to be sold by permit on city property.

Mayor Nat Baker says the city felt the need to accept the permit-only ordinance in its competition with other DeSoto County municipalities that allow beer sales at festivals and special events.

Each organization seeking a permit must apply to the police chief for a permit and provide event insurance of at least $1 million. If the permit is granted, beer or light wine sales would be permitted only for the specified event and only in approved areas.

Except for the special permit functions, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on city property remains illegal and the city's ban on open containers remains in force.

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