MONCKS CORNER -- A proposed referendum on Sunday beer and wine sales in rural Berkeley County is up for final approval today.
A public hearing is set before the vote.
Council endorsed the referendum by wide margins on its first and second reading. The November referendum would allow voters to decide whether Sunday beer and wine sales will be allowed in the parts of the county where they aren't legal already.
Rural Berkeley County is the only place in the Charleston metropolitan area where stores can't sell beer on Sundays. Moncks Corner voters approved Sunday sales last November, by a majority of 61 percent. Sunday alcohol sales also are allowed in Goose Creek, Hanahan, Daniel Island, North Charleston and Summerville.
Dorchester County voters approved Sunday sales in November 2008, for the parts of the county that weren't already covered.
Residents have been able to buy beer and wine on Sundays anywhere in Charleston County for years.
Sunday beer and wine sales are not allowed in Colleton or Orangeburg counties.