After a recent vote by the Wadesboro Town Council concerning alcohol sales at this fall’s Taste of the Pee Dee Festival, alcohol sales in Anson County have come to the forefront.
At its most recent monthly meeting, the Wadesboro Town Council amended an earlier vote on alcohol sales during the festival. The new vote means that alcoholic beverages will be available for sale 5-9 p.m. during the Oct. 11 festival at Oliver’s restaurant in uptown Wadesboro. The beverages must be in a special cup purchased from Oliver’s, and purchasers must have wristbands indicating they are of legal age.
At last month’s county commissioners meeting, Elizabeth Schafer, one of the owners of Oliver’s, spoke to the commissioners about her desire to open a winery and restaurant on her property in the county. The commissioners asked the county attorney to research the steps necessary in order to place the sale of beer and wine in the unincorporated areas of the county on the ballot for the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election.
At this month’s commissioners meeting, the board agreed to move forward with placing the item on the November ballot. The following wording will be placed on the ballot, pending approval from the N.C. Board of Elections: FOR [ ] or AGAINST [ ] the “on-premises” and “off-premises” sale if malt beverage or unfortified wine in Anson County.
“On premise is where you consume the beer/wine where you buy it,” County Manager Lawrence Gatewood explained. “Examples would be a wine tasting at a winery or buying a beer/wine at a bar and drinking it there. Off premise is just the opposite. Example would be buying a six-pack of beer at a convenience store and taking it home (off-premise) to drink.”
Currently, alcohol sales are permitted only within certain municipalities in the county, according to information provided by Gatewood and County Commissioners Clerk Bonnie Huntley.
In Wadesboro, beer and wine can be purchased from certain stores (like Walmart, Food-Lion, IGA and most convenience stores) and taken off premises to consume. Also in Wadesboro, there are some businesses with ABC licenses where beer, wine and liquor may be purchased, and consumed on premises (examples include Oliver’s, La Fagota). In Peachland and Lilesville, no alcohol sales are permitted.
Ansonville and Morven allow beer only to be sold in some convenience stores for off-premise consumption.
Beer and wine is sold in some convenience stores in Polkton for off-premise consumption.
If approved, this measure would allow sales of malt beverages and unfortified wine throughout the county.