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Clermont votes to stay alcohol-free
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After more than a month of deliberation, Clermont’s status as an alcohol-free town is intact.

Within the first five minutes of Clermont’s Tuesday Town Council meeting, a motion was made to let the ordinance prohibiting the sale of beer and wine stand.

“I don’t think this’ll ever completely die out,” Mayor James Nix said. “But for right now we’re seeing that we’re not going to change anything. We’re still going to be prohibited from selling beer and wine in the town of Clermont.”

Councilman Seth Weaver said the issue seems to come up every three years. This time around, there were two businesses in Clermont, El Rey Mexican Restaurant and Happy Food Mart, pushing for change.

“It skyrocketed when it first came about,” Weaver said of the issue.

At the previous Town Council meeting, the businesses presented their argument for repealing the ordinance. This meeting, neither was present.

“I don’t know if they had that much confidence in it,” he said.

A former councilman, Warren Weaver, said he expected the outcome.

“I was very pleased to find out that majority of the people, still as always, are against beer and wine,” he said. “We live in a society nowadays where people think ‘it’s OK. Everybody else does it.’ Well, why not be different? Venture to be different. I think that’s paid off for Clermont.”

The response from the townspeople gave council a lot to consider when it came time to decide.

“I appreciate how much the town responded and that people came out to voice their opinions,” Councilwoman Lynn Adams said. “I hope that we’ll continue to have participation from residents like we’ve had in the past couple of weeks.”

With this matter resolved, the council moved on to discussing rezoning, filling the empty council seat of Debra Armour and other ordinances that have been brought to its attention.

“We’ve had some people wanting to put some signs up on the highway,” Nix said. “The ordinance, the way that it’s written, or the way it’s interpreted anyway, doesn’t permit those types of signs. The council wants to look at that again.”