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Alcohol Proposition Passes With Overwhelming Support In Arlington

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Arlington voters are cheering to cocktails. A proposition that would allow hard liquor sales in the city for the first time passed on Tuesday night with overwhelming support.

With all precincts reporting, the proposition received 10,854 (69.92%) ‘For’ votes compared to 4,670 (30.08%) ‘Against’.

Arlington had been the largest city in the entire state to not allow liquor sales.

You can see what the law has done, just by looking at where liquor stores have located. You’ll find liquor stores in Pantego, and Dalworthington Gardens too, all cities that are surrounded by Arlington.

Now that the proposition has passed, those liquor stores will be able to relocate within city limits — if they choose.

The Tuesday vote is actually the third time in the last eight years voters have gone to the polls in Arlington to vote on alcohol. In 2005 voters approved some wine sales at stores. Two years ago, they allowed some restaurants to sell drinks without special permission.

The final push actually started with the Texas Rangers. The club sells drinks at games now with special permits, but the Rangers wanted more flexibility on what they sell, and wanted to keep costs down.

As long as stores are setting up in industrial or retail areas now, they’ll be allowed. The city council could still look to implement additional restrictions, like keeping the stores farther away from schools, hospitals or churches.

A similar proposition was approved in Lewisville by a margin of 59-41 percent.

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