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Zoning ordinance would allow alcohol sales downtown

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

A recent election has prompted the City of Owensboro to come up with an ordinance they say will help protect their multi-million dollar investment downtown.

Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne says the city became concerned when there was a wet-dry election last year in Precinct 13 that would have prohibited the sale of alcohol in the area around the Sports Center.

The possibility of a wet-dry election in downtown Owensboro concerned Mayor Payne and other elected city officials. The City of Owensboro worked with state legislators to come up with a law that would allow cities the size of Owensboro to create an entertainment district.

"Louisville and Lexington could because of their size, but we couldn't. Thanks to the hard work of those gentlemen we were able to get a law passed," said Mayor Payne.

The city came up with a zoning ordinance that would create an entertainment district in downtown Owensboro. The ordinance would protect the downtown area from becoming dry if there were a wet-dry election in that precinct.

Mayor Payne says a dry vote would hurt the city's investment in downtown Owensboro.

"It is unacceptable to me and the rest of our city commission for that to occur. I mean, it would be catastrophic to our efforts to promote downtown as a tourist destination." said Mayor Payne.

The city will vote on the zoning ordinance at the next city commission meeting.

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