Boyet thanks Sunday alcohol sales supporters

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By The Staff

First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News for their support of the alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays in Lancaster County.

Secondly, a big thank you to the residents of Lancaster County who have come out in the early stages to support this initiative. So many people have stepped up to the plate to assist with posting petitions, posting signs, getting signatures and assisting with the logging in of the petitions, but we still need your help.

We have about 1,200 signatures, but need at least 3,000 more in order to move forward to the next step. This is a long process and not something to be taken lightly.

I want to clarify that this petition is not a vote, but a referendum that will be added to the next general election, which is in 2012, for the people to decide.  

This petition can only be signed by registered Lancaster County voters. Contact the Lancaster County Voter Registration office if you are not a registered voter or if you unsure of your status.

Please be advised that as a South Carolina resident, you can register to vote by visiting the Lancaster County website and downloading and mailing in the registration form. The 2010 general election is fast approaching and in order to be eligible to vote, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election.

As the newspapers stated in support of this initiative, “Religion is an extremely personal matter.” I entirely agree, but this is about the business and economic need, not religion.

If we want businesses to come here, we need to start somewhere. Starting with restaurants will bring jobs to the local economy, keeping our tax dollars in Lancaster County and generating revenue for the county.  

Even though restaurants can open on Sundays, there are those restaurants in the county that remain closed due to the loss of revenue if they provide service on Sunday. Overhead costs, such as paying employees, electric/gas etc., do not allow them to break even.

As we all know, alcohol sales in restaurants is permitted in North Carolina and our neighboring county of York. I spoke with a big box restaurant chain and was informed that if they are unable to serve alcohol on Sunday, then there is no benefit for them to build in Lancaster County.  

Finally, to the people who feel this initiative “won’t make a difference,” all I can say we won’t know unless we try. Lancaster County needs to move to the 21st century. We now have retail stores that are open on Sundays and thriving, so why shouldn’t restaurants have the same opportunity? Without this initiative, we, as a community, cannot and will not move forward.  

To sign the petitions, please visit one of the following locations: Charley’s Cafe, Wing King Cafe and Gus’s Restaurant, all in Lancaster, and Carolina Wine and Spirits (next to Harris Teeter) and the Sun City Carolina Lakes Golf Pro Shop and Restaurant, both in Indian Land.

If you are interested in helping with the petition process, please feel free to contact me at niftee@msn.com.