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Paris Independent School District is asking the city to rethink how close alcohol can be sold to a public school.
The district’s board of trustees approved a resolution Monday asking the City Council to adopt a provision that would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages with 1,000 feet of any Paris ISD school. City zoning currently keeps any facility selling alcohol at least 1,000 feet away from private schools, but only sets a 300-foot boundary for public schools.
“We don’t want any alcoholic beverages being sold that close to one of our campuses,” said Board President George Fisher, who hopes to present the resolution to the City Council at its next meeting. “I don’t think it would be a benefit to our district at all.”
The matter came to the district’s attention when an application to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a nightclub reached the local level for zoning, Superintendent Paul Jones said. The establishment would have been on Fitzhugh Avenue near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, he said.
“The good news is I believe the application for that establishment did not go through,” Jones said. “Hopefully, we can take care of this before another one comes along.”
If the nightclub had been approved, it would be grandfathered in even if the 1,000-foot radius were adopted afterward.
Jones said he also wants to review the city’s zoning regulations for sexually oriented businesses.
“That hit Sulphur Springs,” he said. “Someone put an application in right across from a school.”
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By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra