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Reason #3 why St. Pete should have a later ‘last call’

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Great Britain recently liberalized alcohol laws by allowing 24 hour drinking.  The result?  In the three months after the law went into effect, alcohol-related crime and violence have dropped significantly over the same period,  Serious violent crime has fallen over one-fifth and injuries have fallen 14%.

Licensing minister James Purnell said: “The predictions that licensing reform would lead to an immediate upsurge in crime haven’t borne out.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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