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Officials give go-ahead to resort status

GREENVILLE — With a 4-2 vote, Greenville City Council granted its approval of The Walnut Street Project’s plan to gain resort status from the state. If successful, restaurants and bar owners will be able to remain open and serve alcohol after 2 a.m.

The group hopes it will give the city’s entertainment district a boost the way similar ventures have been a boon for municipalities such as Natchez, Vicksburg and Memphis.

A group of area ministers vehemently opposed the council’s decision.

Rev. Tommy Benson of Vessels of Mercy Church tells the Delta Democrat Times the ministers plan to voice their opposition to the state.

The Walnut Street Project did not need the city’s blessing in applying for resort status. However, it is perceived that an approval by council will aide their efforts.

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