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FFBP video calls for common sense, convenience in repealing alcohol separation law

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Floridians for Fair Business Practices (FFBP) released a new video today arguing two reasons Florida should repeal its “outdated” Prohibition-era separation laws: convenience and common sense.

“Convenience” is the second in a series of FFBP digital ads now available on YouTube.

Florida is one of the 20 states with a separation law between liquor stores and other retailers; other states allow ‘co-mingling” of product, offering convenience to customers and less regulation for businesses.

“For me as a mom, it’s the most convenient way for me to shop,” said one woman featured in the video.

Other comments include “I enjoy the advantage of getting my liquor where I get my groceries. It’s that simple,” and “You’re selling liquor either way so why not put it together.”

“It’s just common sense,” said another person.

FFBP, an association of retailers and business groups, supports House Bill 107, filed by Sarasota Republican state Rep. Greg Steube, which includes language to repeal the laws that have been on the books since 1935. The coalition calls it an “archaic law that stifles Florida businesses.”

“It is important to address the needs of retailers and their customers in the state,” Steube said. “Updating the grocery model will enable both liquor and grocery stores to expand their product offerings for responsible adult consumers.”

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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