- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - Residents in Berea have voted to allow by-the-drink alcohol sales at some restaurants.

Media report that the referendum on alcohol sales passed on Tuesday by 363 votes. There were 2,589 ballots cast.

The move comes after Berea Mayor Steven Connelly helped get signatures that allowed the referendum to occur. He said alcohol sales would improve tourism and help the economy. The city is dry, other than the historic Boone Tavern, which began selling alcohol last year.

Some religious leaders had opposed liquor sales, saying it could cause social problems.

Sales won’t begin immediately. The state Alcoholic Beverage Control can start accepting applications 60 days after the county certifies election results.

Two previous alcohol referendums, one in 2000 and one in 2007, failed.

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