Lushes everywhere, rejoice – a new ballot measure could make wet an area of the Heights that has been dry since Prohibition.
The Houston Press reports that the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition, an advocacy group backed by major retailers like H.E.B., has collected enough signatures to force a special election on the issue of retail alcohol sales in the area formerly known as the city of Houston Heights.
Liquor sales would not be allowed under the new rules, but supermarkets and convenience stores would be permitted to sell beer and wine. If passed, the measure could attract a brand new H.E.B. to the neighborhood, hence the chain’s financial support of the Houston Heights Beverage Coalition.
It would appear that Heights residents are at least open to a change. The Coalition was only required to collect 1,511 signatures in support of the measure, and turned in more than 1,700 for approval by the Houston City Council.
And perhaps it really couldn’t be a better time for those who support beer & wine sales in the Heights, at least in terms of voter turnout. The measure will appear on ballots on November 9, the same day folks will turn out to choose the country’s next president.