Bethel residents want to allow sale of alcohol

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A group of Bethel residents want to remove restrictions on the sale of alcohol in the town.
The group on Friday is expected to begin gathering signatures to put the issue on the ballot.
Bethel voters in 1977 prohibited alcohol sales, but residents can import and possess a regulated amount of beer and liquor.
Organizers want to eliminate what they call onerous state oversight.
If voters were to ultimately approve the change, the city of 5,500 people would essentially become “wet,” said Dawn Holland-Williams, licensing supervisor at the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
That means there would be a limited number of licenses to open liquor stores, bars or sell beer and wine in restaurants.
Organizers have 90 days to collect 271 signatures from registered voters.