If 450 - and growing – people get their way; alcohol sales will become legal in Bowie. A set of petitions are being circulated by a group that wants to make the liquid legal locally. The hope is to get a wet or dry proposition before Voters. The set of suggestions would legalize the sale of mixed beverages in restaurants, the sale of all alcoholic beverages for off premise consumption only and the legal sale of beer and wine.
The organizing group's goal is growth. They hope adding alcohol will allow businesses to start up and expand in the area. People in Bowie that spoke to Newschannel 6 were all in agreement with the idea. "I think it would be a better deal than having to drive 30 miles one way or 40 the other," said Robbie Brown.
Brown's complaint is a reality for folks in the greater Bowie area. The nearest available alcohol is quite a drive. Folks make the trip to Nocona, Windthorst or Wichita Falls to purchase liquor. "Its expensive for gas, first off," said Cole Wetsel. "Gas prices are almost $4.00 a gallon now! It would be best off to be here in town," agreed Brown.
"I think it would be good for Bowie," said Ronnie Newman. "It would boost sales tax revenues for the area," he said. Newman also thinks it could have a bigger impact. "It would probably help Bowie grow a lot bigger than it is now; make the population get a little bigger and probably bring more business here," he said.
The petition still has about half way to go. The documents need to don just over 1300 signatures before being handed in to Officials. As of June 1, there were around 450 on the sheets. The group has until July 18 to accrue the endorsements.
If you are a registered voter in the Bowie area, you can sign the petitions at the JRH Building 104 W. Clay, Legacy Cleaners or Barber Insurance.