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Some in NLR Neighborhood Working to End Alcohol Ban

Some businesses in North Little Rock are pushing to allow liquor sales in one of the remaining handful of "dry" neighborhoods in Pulaski County.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Some businesses in North Little Rock are pushing to allow liquor sales in one of the remaining handful of "dry" neighborhoods in Pulaski County.
   
During a meeting Monday evening, supporters will distribute petitions, maps and campaign supplies as they work to collect enough signatures to force a vote this fall.
   
The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce CEO Terry Hardwick says around 30 businesses are supporting the cause so far.   He says allowing alcohol sales would help revitalization efforts in Park Hill.

"It brings more people to the area, more shopping in the area and more people getting jobs," Hardwick said.

But not everyone is ready to let the booze start flowing.

"It would really concern me," said lifelong Little Rock resident Anita Yearian who worries about the effect it would have on the community, especially teenagers.

"We have a lot of daredevils," she said.

To get the issue on a ballot supporters must collect roughly 1,400 signatures by mid-July.

If they're successful, only the 4,000 registered voters in the Park Hill neighborhood would be eligible to cast a ballot in a fall vote.
   


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