MONCKS CORNER -- Berkeley County residents will decide whether they want more Sunday beer and wine sales.
Council unanimously gave final approval tonight to an ordinance authorizing a November referendum on the issue.
"We as a free people don't need government to tell us ... we can only buy beer and wine on certain days," Kenny Drawdy of Summerville told council before the unanimous vote.
Drawdy, who described himself as a moderate drinker who has never bought beer on a Sunday, was the only one to speak during a public hearing.
The referendum would allow voters to decide on Sunday beer and wine sales in the unincorporated areas of the county. The referendum would not affect the county's smaller towns, such as St. Stephen, Cross and Bonneau, according to Deputy Supervisor Chip Boling.
The county's bigger towns and cities already allow Sunday beer and wine sales. Moncks Corner voters approved Sunday sales last November, by a majority of 61 percent. Sunday alcohol sales also are allowed in Goose Creek, Hanahan, North Charleston, Summerville and Daniel Island.
Dorchester County voters approved Sunday sales in 2008. Residents have been able to buy beer and wine on Sundays in Charleston County for years.
Sunday beer and wine sales are not allowed in Colleton or Orangeburg counties.