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Sheffield votes for Sunday sales referendum

SHEFFIELD (AP) — The Sheffield City Council voted 5 to 1 to seek a referendum on the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays by hotels and restaurants in the city.

Mayor Billy Don Anderson said the Monday vote does not endorse Sunday sales. “This is simply giving the citizens a chance to vote on the issue,” Anderson said.

The resolution authorizes Anderson to approach the local legislative delegation about enactment of a measure for a citywide vote on the issue.

The issue of countywide Sunday sales in Colbert County was defeated during a July 2005 referendum, but Sheffield residents approved the issue in that vote with 1,042 in favor to 899 against.

Florence residents overwhelmingly approved Sunday alcohol sales in a referendum two months before the Colbert County vote.

Jim McDevitt, general manager of Webster Hotel and Suites, and Linda Whitaker-Campbell, general manager of the Holiday Inn, told the council that Sunday sales in Florence has hurt their business.

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