Smith Lake Economic Growth Initiative
Updated: July 28, 2016
Like a diamond that is deep, clear and blue, Lewis Smith Lake is an Alabama treasure. Spanning 21,000 acres and touching over 500 miles of shoreline, Smith Lake's pristine waters connect Walker, Winston, and Cullman counties, and support the recreational and economic activities of the people of North Alabama and beyond. As a tourist destination, the lake is an easy drive from larger metropolitan areas such as Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa.
While the crystal clear waters, recreational attractions, and environmental beauty of the lake has been enough to attract tens of thousands of to our shores, Smith Lake's full potential as an engine of economic growth has NOT yet been realized. Handicapped by discriminatory limitations, our ability to grow and prosper, and to achieve maximum results for everyone involved, requires that we take decisive action NOW! To move forward, we must find ways to offer more competitive and comprehensive businesses, services, destination-types, employment opportunities, and visitor experiences.
With these limitations in mind, but with a commitment to what we KNOW can be achieved if we work together, and if we let our voices be heard, we ask for your support for the Smith Lake Economic Growth Initiative (SLEGI).
By signing this petition and adding your support to this effort, WE-THE-PEOPLE will influence decision makers both locally and in Montgomery, to act on OUR behalf. In short, we are petitioning the Alabama Legislature to PASS HOUSE BILL No. 69 and to INCLUDE WALKER, WINSTON, and CULLMAN COUNTIES without reservation. This will allow our local businesses, restaurants, and other establishments to offer adult beverages to their patrons on a 7 day per week basis.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! ... and you DO NOT HAVE TO LIVE HERE TO PARTICIPATE..
PLEASE JOIN WITH YOUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, AND FELLOW TAX PAYERS BY SIGNING THIS PETITION. Send a strong message to Montgomery! Tell your elected leaders that you DEMAND EQUAL AND FAIR TREATMENT, and that we be allowed the same rights and privileges as ALL OTHER COUNTIES across our great State!
Update: Sunday, July 24, 2016. We have had tremendous support and we THANK YOU very much!! No question, people from all over who know & love Smith Lake agree that we need help growing our economy and our employment opportunities.
Also, as of this time, we understand that the Governor has not yet called a Special Session for July 25th. Rest assured, if no Special Session occurs this month, we are working to ensure that our voices are heard in Montgomery WHENEVER the Alabama Legislature convenes again.
Update #2: July 28, 2016. Thanks to all who've faithfully supported this effort. As you may have heard, there was no Special Session on July 24th. We understand that the next one will be held in September and we're working to see that our voices are heard in Montgomery at that time. Your willingness to sign this petition and help this effort has not been wasted. THANKS to everyone and we'll keep you posted as we make further progress.