Tribune-Courier General Manager
BENTON – On Monday the Marshall County Tourism Board voted to adopt a formal resolution in support of legalized alcohol sales in the county.
Randy Newcomb, tourism director said it was important for the group to take an official stand on the issue because of the impact it could have on the tourism industry in Marshall County.
“We employee over 2,100 people. We are the second leading industry in the county. If it will help the economic impact of tourism in Marshall County, we are for it,” said Newcomb.
The resolution, which is an updated version of the one passed in 2002, states that the tourist commission “recognizes the lack of legalized alcohol is a significant impediment to the success and expansion of tourism-related economic development in Marshall County that otherwise might be possible.”
The resolution also states “the passage of limited liquor by the drink in Murray and Kuttawa was followed immediately by the construction of new restaurants and news of additional lodging and convention facilities, as well as the general belief that one or more major resort corporations have looked at Marshall County/Kentucky Lake for possible resort development but have stopped due to the lack of legal, controlled alcohol.”
“One hundred percent of our budget is from the transient room tax,” said Newcomb. I have yet to hear one lodging business come forward and say they are against it.”
Present at Monday’s board meeting were Mark Wood, Chairman; Marilyn Williams, Secretary; Kathy Fennel, Chris Onnybecker, Treasurer; Rita Wessinger and Ray Barga. John Rittenhouse was not at the meeting.