Tin Shop Tartan - Randolph County Alabama's Own Snarky and Surly Scot Gets All Native

Blogging from the suburbs of the Tin Shop community, Captain Plaid brings Progressivism, and a share of Quixotic angst, to the ridges and hollows of Randolph County, Alabama. Hardly a booster yet rooted here enough to fight, Plaidsters can perhaps find like cause in trying to build local solutions to global concerns. Education, environment, economy, entertainment, engagement ... Trust the Tartan!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Does Demon Drink Drive Development?

The Randolph Leader, in reporting that legislation limiting houseboat and "cigarette" boats on Lake Wedowee is likely about to be blessed by Goat Hill, gave us some information relating to the "Wet-Dry" issue here in the County. Vanessa Sorrell Burnside writes,

Would these same developers want Randolph County to go 'wet'?

"They're not going to come over here to a dry county. The hospitality industry and recreational destinations depend on alcohol sales for their business," said Hooton.

Although Hooton said a petition to put the wet-dry vote on the ballot would need to occur, he said he is not aware of one circulating now. He said, "The lake did not have the immediate benefits to the area that everyone expected but it's now starting to hit its stride. If we can bring about planned development, it can be something for everyone to be proud of and receive benefits from. Something's going to happen."

I agree with Matt Hooton and hope we'll see a petition soon. I'd certainly be pleased to help with any such effort and I think others would as well. Perhaps with some leadership willing to stand against the fundamentalist and bootleggers and Chambers County line merchants and ... the progress can begin. I've previously posted some thoughts on "demon alcohol" so I'll not repeat the arguments again. Peace ... or War!