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Even though there wasn't a vote taken, the idea of having alcohol at Smother's Park and Ben Hawes Park was met with strong opposition. Even though there wasn't a vote taken, the idea of having alcohol at Smother's Park and Ben Hawes Park was met with strong opposition.
OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

The issue of whether or not to allow alcohol sales in certain Owensboro parks came up again at the city commission meeting on Tuesday.

Even though there wasn't a vote taken, the idea of having alcohol at Smother's Park and Ben Hawes Park was met with strong opposition.

Resident Terry Stinson has nothing against the sale of alcohol in the private sector, restaurants, and liquor stores. But with the City of Owensboro considering allowing alcohol to be sold at Ben Hawes Park and Golf Course and at certain times in Smother's Park is where he draws the line.

"I feel it's not my government's job to get into the alcohol business. I think this commission has put too much emphasis on economics and not on the safety of this community. I don't think they really thought this through," Stinson said.

With the new Convention Center located right beside Smother's Park, Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says he supports the new ordinance that would allow alcohol sales.

"We're going to be a convention city. We're in the process right now of booking connections for the future and this is just something that is the normal part of having conventions in your community to be able to serve alcohol," Payne said. "They're going to want to go down on the riverfront. This is not just a wholesale authority to drink alcohol at any or our city properties. It's going to be controlled and very limited."

"This is going to open that door wider and I know this is bold for me to say but it would not surprise me in ten years to see them serving alcohol at little league games," Stinson said.

And what about having a beer at the golf course?

"This is done throughout the state. Other communities with golf courses," Payne said.

Some against alcohol sales want to see the question on the November ballot.

"The Constitution of the State of Kentucky does not allow these kinds of referendums. There's only specific things that you can vote on. We elect people to make those decisions," Payne said.

A vote is scheduled for the next city commission meeting.

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