Philadelphia, Miss. A new liquor ordinance went into effect recently in Philadelphia. But no businesses are actually selling alcohol yet.
The city's board of alderman passed an ordinance allowing liquor sales in June after voters in the city approved a referendum on the matter.
All the regulations for sale are in place. It's now a matter of stores moving forward.
The city is ready for stores to begin selling alcohol, but it's a process that takes a lot of time and effort to make happen. First the state must investigate and approve each individual applicant who wants a liquor license.
The approval of the liquor referendum stirred up a good bit of controversy in Philadelphia. Only four businesses have officially applied for a liquor license so far, but that number is expected to increase.
"Instead of business going to neighboring counties or neighboring cities, that business can stay here now," said Philadelphia Mayor James Young. "People are buying it, whether they're buying it in Neshoba or bootleg or wherever. Now it doesn't have to be bootleg in Neshoba County anymore."
Young says while they will always support local business, the new law has attracted the attention of other large restaurants to Philadelphia as a new potential location which should open up more variety to residents.
City officials have set the times for when liquor may be sold by the drink at on-premises establishments like restaurants. That's from 10 a.m. to midnight Monday through Sunday.