Gadsden County commissioners discuss changes to alcohol regulations

Posted at 3:15 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 14:14:31-04

GADSDEN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - New changes in alcohol regulations are underway in Gadsden County.

Gadsden County Board of Commissioners will discuss the adoption of a new ordinance for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Tuesday evening's meeting.

Preliminary documents call the current ordinances outdated and inconsistent. 

Right now, sit down restaurants that sell beer, wine and alcohol for indoor consumption have to be one thousand feet -- or  about two blocks from any house of worship, school, or public park.  Commissioners suggest that the required distance is curbing the counties opportunity for economic growth.

"If they can not offer those amenities, having wine with your dinner or those type of activities, even having a smoking cigar room or something like that, we can not have any of those unless we look at our present ordinances and look at how we can affect change to attract the businesses we want," said Brenda Holt, the Gadsden County Commission chairman. 

According to data analysis obtained by the Gadsden County Development Council, close to 8 million dollars from alcohol sales is going to other communities.  

Soon those funds could be staying in Gadsden County. 

Stay with WTXL for more details.