Community’s plan to seek resort status nixed at board meeting

HOULKA — A proposal to seek resort status for the town of Houlka in Chickasaw County is being dropped.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports town officials dropped a plan to circulate a petition during a board of aldermen meeting.

Resort status could allow alcohol to be sold within the city limits.

Several areas in Mississippi have resort status, including casinos, state parks and the Ross Barnett Reservoir. No package sales are allowed. Resort status only applies to by-the-drink sales of beer, wine and liquor.

Two previous attempts have failed in the Legislature. The last attempt failed despite the backing of the town’s board of aldermen.

Supporters believed it would draw new business and/or tourism to the area. About 20 residents opposed it during an earlier board meeting.

 

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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