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Census Could Allow New Liquor Permits

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(Credit: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The number of package stores throughout Connecticut and where they are located could soon be affected by a surprising factor: the U.S. Census.

The state Department of Consumer Protection says it’s awaiting 2010 Census figures to determine whether any communities have grown enough to make another liquor permit available for a potential business owner.

State law allows one permit to be issued for every 2,500 residents of a community, as determined by the most recent Census. Most municipalities are already at their limits under the 2000 Census numbers.

The agency says no current permits will be cancelled if a community’s population drops, but it expects great interest in the new permits in places that have grown by at least 2,500 people.

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