- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - The Starkville Board of Aldermen is considering a change in its local liquor rules that could lead to more business development.

Currently, businesses under city rules cannot sell liquor within 250 feet of the nearest point of any church, school, child care facility or funeral home. That distance is measured with a straight line.

Under state law, no sales are allowed within 400 feet of any church, school, kindergarten or funeral home. However, within an area zoned commercial or business, the minimum distance shall be not less than 100 feet. The law allows churches and funeral homes to waive the distance restrictions.

Alderman Scott Maynard told The Commercial Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1iPEWb3 ) due to the physical placement of churches and businesses in the Main Street, Russell Street and Mississippi Highway 182 corridors, the potential change could unlock new retail opportunities. He said Starkville’s sales tax and 2 percent food and beverage tax receipts would increase as the city continues branding itself as a restaurant destination for out-of-town diners.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, http://www.cdispatch.com

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