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Marion City Council approves increasing number of liquor licenses

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MARION -- More Marion businesses can now serve alcohol after the Marion City Council approved increasing the number of liquor licenses in the city.

"We had some reps from Hucks come in and say, "Why not us?" Marion Mayor Anthony Rinella said. "We have two other convenient stores and they merely asked the question, "Why not us?""

Monday night, the city council approved to amend the alcoholic beverages ordinance, which will increase the number of Class II licenses and allow establishments with video gaming machines to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday between 12 p.m. and 10 p.m., limited to beer and wine by individual drink only.

But it didn't come without some opposition. A Marion neighbor expressed concerns about drunk driving and expressed his religious views, saying it shouldn't be approved.

The board listened but still voted to pass it unanimously, saying they have to separate church and state in decisions like this and give local businesses a level playing field.

"So they just asked merely in fair competition allow us to open and the city did," Rinella said.

With these changes the number of licenses will increase from 15 to 25. City leaders told News 3 four businesses have already requested them leaving six available.

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