Battle Brewing Over Alcohol In Bellevue

BELLEVUE (KDKA) — Bellevue remains one of our area’s dry communities, but that could change with a referendum on the ballot next Tuesday that would allow alcohol sales.

Signs for and against the idea have popped up in yards and on storefront windows.

Proponents of alcohol sales say it’s not about bars, it’s about economic development.

Aaron Stubna, a local barber, says being a dry town isn’t working for Bellevue anymore. His group’s YouTube video shows the empty storefronts in town.

Sean Waters, however, disagrees. He heads up the group who wants people to vote down the referendum. Waters is concerned that the borough won’t have control over who gets the licenses.

Another neighbor worries alcohol sales could bring a bad element.

If approved, Bellevue would initially have two liquor licenses, but council could vote approve more later on.

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