Connecticut’s last dry town may allow alcohol sales

BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) – Residents of Connecticut’s last dry town are getting a chance to vote on whether to get a little wet.

A referendum in Bridgewater is scheduled for Feb. 25 to decide whether the town will continue to ban all alcohol sales or allow them in restaurants. If voters choose the second option, they will end Prohibition in town 81 years after the repeal of the 18th Amendment allowed alcohol sales to resume nationwide.

The ballot question is in response to plans to allow alcohol sales at two restaurants in town.

Town officials say allowing restaurant sales would make the town “partially dry.” They say there still won’t be a liquor store, because state regulations allow one package store per 2,500 residents and Bridgewater only has about 1,700 residents.

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