KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - Kure Beach Town Council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, to consider a resolution allowing earlier alcohol sales on Sundays. The same resolution did not pass during town council's regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.
Council members voted 3-2 in favor of the resolution, but Mayor Emilie Swearingen said state law requires an initial vote to pass by at least a 2/3 majority. In Kure Beach's case, the vote needed to be 4-1 vote for the resolution to pass on Tuesday.
If the "brunch bill" is voted on again during the special meeting, a similar 3-2 result will pass the resolution, according to Swearingen. Establishments in Kure Beach with ABC permits would then be allowed to sell alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of waiting until noon.
Councilman Joseph Whitley said he expects the bill to pass with the same vote of 3-2.
"The vast majority of people are indifferent, or in favor of it, and there are some that are not in favor of it," Whitley said. "I look at, it if you're indifferent, then you are in favor of it. We will pass it, and they will have drinks Sunday morning."
Mayor Pro Tem Craig Bloszinksy and Commissioner David Heglar voted against the resolution on Tuesday.