POSTED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 5:38pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 8:20pm
Officials say alcohol is already prohibited in school zones
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — UPDATE: Henderson City Council did not pass the measure to label the areas surrounding schools as "alcohol-free" zones.
City officials say that selling alcohol within 300 feet of any school is already prohibited under a current city ordinance, so making the zone "alcohol-free" is unnecessary.
However, the City of Henderson has a variance in place that would allow each business within the school zone to to take up their specific needs with the council.
Tuesday night, the Henderson City Council will meet in city hall to discuss whether to call the area around each HISD campus an alcohol free zone.
Last week, the school board voted to bring this ordinance recommendation to the city council.
Since the zone is measured from property line to property line and not building to building, Brookshire Brothers falls inside that alcohol free zone.
There had been some discussion on whether a grocery store should fall under the same tier as a business that has most of its profits come from alcohol sales.
KETK spoke with an official from Brookshire Brothers who said they would not shut the business down merely because they could not sell alcohol.
But they say it would cause them a competitive disadvantage.