Voters OK beer sales in Utah's Hyde Park
Raise a glass to the residents of Hyde Park who on Tuesday voted to allow beer sales in their tiny Cache Valley town.
According to election results posted on the town's website residents voted 859 to 481 to lift a long-standing ban on the sale of alcohol in city limits.
Before Tuesday, the small town of about 4,000 residents was one of a handful of dry cities in the state.
Now Hyde Park's only convenience store, Maverik, can sell 3.2-weight beer. Residents will still have to drive a few miles Logan to get liquor and higher-alcohol beer at the state-run liquor store in Logan.
Late last year, the convenience store asked the council to consider lifting the ban. After much discussion, the council voted 3-2 to lift the ban. A group of Hyde Park residents stepped in, gathering the 500 signatures needed to send the issue to a vote.
The convenience store is respectful of the town's culture and plans to build a beer vault in the back corner of the store, Danielle Mattiussi, Maverik's executive regional director of operations, told The Associated Press before the election.