Voters could make century-old Heights alcohol ban history

Council votes to put proposed ordinance on November ballot


HOUSTON – An alcohol ban in a part of The Heights neighborhood of Houston that has stood for more than 100 years could become a thing of the past in November.

The "dry" section of the neighborhood includes an area between the 610 North Loop and Interstate 10, also known as the Katy Freeway. Alcohol can be purchased at certain restaurants, but customers are required to register their name when they do.

Two weeks ago, KPRC’s Jake Reiner reported on a petition that was being circulated to allow voters to decide whether the ban should be abolished. Opinions were mixed.

On Wednesday, the Houston City Council was presented with the signed petition, and the council voted to place the proposed ordinance on the November ballot.

The ordinance would allow the sale of beer and wine for off-premise consumption.

According to the council’s agenda, only people who now live in the area that was defined as the city of Houston Heights in 1918 will vote on the ordinance.

The general election happens Nov. 8.

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