Voters in the Union County town of Wesley Chapel were drawn to the polls by several controversial issues, one involving alcohol.
Three years ago voters said "no" to a proposal to allow liquor-by-the-drink sales inside the city limits. On Tuesday voters took up that issue once again, this time with a different result. The measure will allow alcohol sales in restaurants, clubs or events where it's sold by the drink.
The measure was approved two to one. More than 1,000 voters were in favor of it versus 415 against it.
Several voters said they supported the measure because they want quality restaurants to build in town. Trina Hardman said that's what she's hoping for.
"I want some nice restaurants in here. They're going to locate somewhere else anyway, so why shouldn't we have them right up the street?" she said.
Others said Wesley Chapel is growing very fast, and they cited convenience as the reason they support legalizing liquor by the drink.
"We voted for it," said Patrick Strizzi. "We just feel like it will bring more businesses here -- the convenience of being able to go down the street to have a drink.”
However, Jay Ross said he voted against the idea for the second time, and he hoped that the measure would fail again.
"Absolutely, positively against it, because alcohol only rips families apart," he said.
Union County voters also got to decide if the county will split into separate county commission districts and whether or not to approve a land transfer tax on the sale of property. They voted against splitting the county commission districts and against the land transfer tax.
Election officials said voter turnout was 30 percent.