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New law brings Hillsborough County in line with rest of Florida regarding restaurant size to sell alcohol

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For decades, aspiring restaurateurs in Tampa and Hillsborough County have had to contend with regulations unlike those in any other part of Florida. State law requires that any restaurant that serves alcohol must be at least 2,500 square feet in size. However, in Hillsborough County,  state law dictated that restaurants that sell booze must be at least 4,000 square feet. Not any longer, after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill (HB 1417) sponsored by Tampa House Republican Dana Young on Friday that revises Hillsborough’s space requirements for liquor licenses for restaurants. “What was…

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