In the first alcohol referendum since 1981, the City of Pineville voters decided to allow restaurants to serve alcohol, and the voters spoke with a resounding volume.
That measure was a simple yes/no on whether to allow restaurants, and only restaurants, to sell alcoholic beverages. Previously, all alcohol sales were prohibited in the city.That simple measure was all that the voters were allowed to approve, but the nose of the camel is definitely under the tent. Pineville isn't wet, but it's getting damp.
The measure passed with 78.21 percent of the vote (1,849 votes, 515 against).
Pineville, LA is the largest incorportated area in the north part of Rapides Parish, and those wards are north of the Red River, which geographically divides the parish. The demographics have changed in the north of Rapides parish since the early 1980s and I believe that the measure is long overdue. The remaining parts of Wards 9, 10, and 11 are still dry, but I suspect that if the voters were given the opportunity to vote, the whole north of the river would go wet, totally wet, with both package sales, bars and lounges, and restaurant sales. It's been 30 years since the voters were given a Yeah or Nay, and it might be time to revisit the proposition.
Let Freedom Ring.