History was made in Mineola on June 29, 2011 when the first alcohol was sold since the inception of prohibition on June 30, 1919. Hamlett was the chair of the committee responsible for getting the alcohol propositions of the May 2011 ballot.
Stores in Mineola may now sell beer and wine on a packaged, off-premise consumption basis. Restaurants may have a full bar as long as they meet the requirement that 51% or more of their total sales are derived from food sales.
Many other East Texas towns are realizing the additional sales tax dollars associated with alcohol sales. Recently, the town of Alba, Texas also enacted similar laws. Emory enacted beer and wine sales two years ago and public records show additional tax revenue to be $80,000+.