Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- "Enough's enough. We have enough in the community," said Bill Shuler of the liquor stores found throughout the neighborhoods along Two Notch Road.
"Every time there's an empty spot somebody wanna open up a convenience store and then it's three circles go up and it's a liquor store; undesirables hanging out there all night."
Shuler and others are fighting to keep new liquor stores from setting up shop along the Two Notch Road. He says the stores breed crime and prevent the neighborhoods for growing and improving.
"The working ladies of the night and the drug trafficking, and drug runs and everything else all seem to come from this area," said Shuler of the problems he attributes to liquor stores in his community.
Shuler says he and other concerned neighbors find themselves filing protests with the Department of Revenue and arguing their cases before an administrative law court to keep new liquor stores from moving in.
"We need something in the community that builds up the community," said Shuler.
State Representative Leon Howard of Richland County has proposed legislation that would stop new alcohol retailers from getting licenses to set up shop within five miles of an established retailer, only in Richland County. He says the debate right now is about the fairness of the bill, with others asking whether it should be expanded to the entire state.
For Shuler, it will take action from lawmakers for he and his neighbors see some change.
"Who has everything to do with the situation is the legislators that make or create or don't amend the laws for this to happen in a community," he said.
Howard says he will work on getting his bill through the General Assembly when the session resumes next year. He also says he plans to contact leaders with the Columbia City Council and Richland County Council about the possibility of implementing ordinances that could do the same thing as his bill.