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Local Bars Get Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Rick Scott

Local Bars Get Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Rick Scott TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 961 into law, a bill that allows bars to receive free glassware from the beer industry, on March 30, 2018.  The bill, which was first filed in the 2017 session by Senator Rob Bradley (R-Orange Park) and Representative Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), was championed by local Tallahassee bars and restaurants throughout the 2018 Legislative Session….

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Police: Sebastian man left gas station with beer after clerk warned alcohol sales had ended

Christopher Maxwell, 33, of the 8200 block of 92nd Avenue, was charged with petty theft, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer and violently resisting arrest. Maxwell entered Speedway, 700 U.S. 1, about 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to his arrest affidavit. Alcohol may be sold between 7 a.m. … Source: Police: Sebastian man left gas station with beer after clerk warned alcohol sales had ended


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Alcohol delivery apps show futility of Florida regulations

While Florida's lawmakers should allow these modern technologies to flourish and provide consumers with more choices and convenience, they must also bring existing policies such as the state's outdated alcohol sales laws into the 21st century so that digital companies and traditional brick-and-mortar … Source: Alcohol delivery apps show futility of Florida regulations


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Liquor-by-the-drink: A slow pour so far

“Jackson County is not authorized for liquor sales as of Feb. 16, 2018,” it read. It came from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, which is part of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The ABT issues the kind of licenses Richards needs. She's got people … Source: Liquor-by-the-drink: A slow pour so far


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Some blue laws remain on the wagon

In Northwest Florida, where churches still outnumber bars in many communities, restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales are still common. In unincorporated Okaloosa County, alcoholic beverages can be sold Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning. Such sales are generally … Source: Some blue laws remain on the wagon


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Destin moves to loosen Sunday alcohol sales

The proposed ordinance would prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages by state licensees within Destin from 4-7 a.m. every day. … She said the city's current law on Sunday alcohol sales forces many local customers to travel to Fort Walton Beach or Walton County, where they can purchase their beer, … Source: Destin moves to loosen Sunday alcohol sales


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Apopka may tweak liquor laws, allow microbreweries

Apopka, among the last Central Florida cities to forbid Sunday sales of alcohol, is poised to tweak its liquor ordinances to permit a microbrewery. “One could be successful here,” said home-brewer Elliot Meyer, 38, who wants to open a “brewpub” in Orange County's second-largest city. “I think we've got … Source: Apopka may tweak liquor laws, allow microbreweries




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Attorney explains her concerns over liquor ballot

The attorney who advises Jackson County Commissioners said … counties as a “wet” community which also allows the sale of hard liquor-by-the-drink for … elections office as to whether Florida law as it currently reads clearly allows … Source: Attorney explains her concerns over liquor ballot