Cities of Tyler, Lakeport go 'wet'
Tyler — The biggest news out of the election here locally is, of course, those alcohol options.
Those numbers show: Tyler and precinct 2 of Smith County will 'go wet.'
In Tyler: 24,078 voted for proposition one - "the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only" - and only 8955 voted against it.
More than 22-thousand voted for proposition two - "the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only" - and only a little more than 11-thousand voted against.
Tuesday night "buy local first," the political action committee who paved the way for alcohol on the november ballot gathered at Zaza's in Tyler to watch the results come in.
Chairman of the committee, Bob Westbrook, told KETK he is overwhelmed by the results.
He says the city has already started the ordinance approval process and should have them approved next week.
Once the city council sets the ordinance in place ... the texas alcoholic beverage commission has already authorized offices across the state to process the applications.
The group opposing alcohol sales "Stand Strong for Tyler" filed a lawsuit against the original alcohol petitions.
Those petitions were rejected, but the group attorneys said Monday, they would plan to file another suit after the vote, if the town goes wet.
Westbrook is confident the opposing group won't question the overwhelming response from voters.
Meanwhile, the Gregg County city of Lakeport also passed their alcohol propositions.
Lakeport's Proposition 1, which allows for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption only, passed 64% to 34%.
Lakeport's Proposition 2, the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only, passed 63% to 32%