Philadelphia Beer Sales Begin July 1

For a controversial issue for the city of Philadelphia, a new law that allows the sale of beer on Sundays from 12 noon till 10 p.m. passed with very little debate at Tuesday's board of aldermen meeting. The vote was 4 to 1. Alderman-at-large Janice Payne voted against it.

"The vote went smooth really," said Mayor James Young. "And I had advised them that we were not going to play politics with this, to vote your conscience. And it kind of passed without controversy as far as within the board."

Some residents told Newscenter 11 that this measure is a good thing, keeping people here, spending their money locally.

"I think it's O.K. There's no sense in traveling from, I mean, they are going to get it on Sunday anyway. You might as well keep it at home," said Philadelphia resident Tonya Green.

"It will keep a lot of people at home, without seeing them going to Meridian or somewhere they can buy," said Anita Long, also a Philadelphia resident.

According to Mayor Young, the new law that takes effect July 1 and could mean a lot more to Philadelphia.

"It kind of sends to the prospective businesses that Philadelphia is open," Young said. "We love our tradition, were not ready to sell it. But we understand that if we are going to grow and compete with other communities, we are going to have to get on track."

Young has said previously that, even though he's a minister and does not drink alcohol himself, he represents a constituency of drinkers and non-drinkers.

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