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POSTED: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:43pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 11:25am

 Tyler City Council will make a decision tomorrow (Wednesday) whether or not to reign in the boundaries on alcohol sales near churches and schools.

Retail stores are asking the council for permission to sell alcohol within the current 300 foot boundary.

Three retail stores will ask Tyler City Council to change their variance.

CEFCO on Broadway wrote a letter to the Planning and Zoning Commission Board seeking permission to sell alcohol at its location.

The request was denied because its location is nearby First Pentecostal Church Of Tyler.

Super Mercado on the Loop was also denied because it is within 300 feet of Jones-Boshears Elementary.

Both stores are going to appeal their denial Wednesday morning.

"(Stores will be asking) can we have a variance to this requirement. They may be asking the council to consider any special considerations between the uses," said City Planner Heather Nick.

The First Pentecostal Church is the only location protesting the request.

The Planning and Zoning Board is also asking the council to approve the sale of beer and wine at Sam's Club on the Loop.

We asked All Saints Episcopal School, which is within 300 feet of Sam's Club, what they thought about this possible change.

Headmaster Randal Brown issued a statement to KETK saying:

"All Saints School has had a great relationship with Sam's club for many years. The All Saints Board of Trustees met and decided to have no position on this issue and are remaining neutral on the City Council's decision."

We asked some East Texans their thoughts.

Some disagree with the request and believe the rules should be kept the way they are.

"The children do not need the exposure to people coming and going."

"I think it's ridiculous and I think that it's unnecessary to be that close."

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If children's parent drink, if they go out to eat, they are exposed anyway. You can't drink and drive, or drink outside in public unless it is at your home, so why does one think anyone is exposing things to children? It is a parents responsibility to educate their children not City Councils.

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