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Independent liquor stores fight ‘Whiskey and Wheaties Bill’

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Owners of small, independent liquor stores in central Florida are asking customers to support their efforts urging the governor to veto a bill allowing the sale of spirits in grocery stores. A proposal nicknamed the “Whiskey and Wheaties Bill” (SB 106) would allow grocery stores, big box retailers and other stores to sell liquor alongside wine, beer and other products. Gov. Rick Scott could sign the bill into law, after it passed the Florida Legislature last month with a one-vote…

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Blue Laws restricting Sunday booze may soon be lifted in Pinellas

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Super Bowl Sunday was this past weekend, one of the booziest of all Sundays. Yet, people hosting parties in Pinellas County couldn’t throw the beer in their grocery carts any earlier than 11 a.m. And all those tourists flooding the county’s beaches during the winter months (or any month, for that matter) can’t hit the Bloody Mary bar before 11 either. Why? Because Pinellas County abides by a set of regulations — known as Blue Laws — that allow counties…

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Senate scales back ‘whiskey & wheaties’ bill

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State Sen. Denise Grimsley’s effort to tear down the wall has morphed into moving the door. More than 100 people crowded into a Senate meeting room Wednesday when the Regulated Industries Committee considered a proposal ending a prohibition on grocery stores stocking liquor and spirits alongside beer and wine. Grimsley fought back against an unfriendly amendment offered by state Sen. Jack Latvala that addressed a quirk in the 1930s law requiring grocers to have a separate outside entrance –- actually a…

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