The debate over whether alcohol should be sold at a local city-operated Marina store came to a split vote by the Bainbridge City Council Wednesday night. The Mayor cast the final tie breaking vote, allowing the marina to begin selling beer and wine.
Those who oppose the sales are worried the city will be liable for alcohol sold to minors. City officials say the checking of IDs will strictly be enforced and that alcohol sales will ultimately be good for business.
"On the weekends we have hundreds of boaters and fishermen that use the Flint for recreation and they can come here get gas get snacks get ice just like a convenience store," says Al Kelley, Leisure Services Director for the city of Bainbridge
Marina officials are in the process of leasing the empty restaurant space and say alcohol sales will make the lot more attractive to businesses.