Loophole allows liquor store near school

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 11:05am

A liquor store is a little too close for comfort to a new school in Dallas for some parents, but it's not going away anytime soon, Jason Wheeler explains why.

With a visit from the superintendent, "You guys look really smart to me."

This gleaming, sprawling new middle school, "Good morning." Wowed the parents, Katrina Evans, "It gives a lot of people hope."

And the students alike Ariyah Evans, Sixth Grader, "It's very hard to find a school like this in a community like this, I think it's really good for kids."

But the mother of 6th grader Ariyah Evans says what's not good for kids is the convenience store right across the street that sells alcohol.

Katrina Evans, "I do not like that at all. I do not appreciate that at all."

Generally, Dallas law prohibits places from peddling adult beverages within 300 feet of a school, but as the property owner points out, Joe Jackson, "The store has been operating since the 60's and by virtue of the Dallas laws, it's grandfathered in."

Troy Pough, stopping in for a noon time 24 ounce can of suds, agrees with that, "Well if the store was here first then the store was here first. It don't make no sense closing down a man's business, they have to make a living too."

The landlord assures he is working with the city, and that he has invited Dallas police to park, patrol, or intervene here anytime.

Joe Jackson, "And take whatever means necessary to correct whatever situation they don't like."

But some parents are still uneasy, worried that the business being done across the street from the school might not always stay across the street.

Katrina Evans, "Some adults can be coming back for a refill and already intoxicated, running into children so that wouldn't be a good idea at all."

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