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Libertarians poised to removing Sunday morning alcohol ban

by Karl Dickey, Examiner.com  |  published on December 2, 2013

As we wrote on October 29, 2013, the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LP Palm Beach) had voted to see an end to the ban on Sunday morning alcohol sales in Delray Beach, Florida. A representative of the county party spoke to the Delray Beach City Commission on November 5, 2013 as to why the ban should be lifted and was well received. So much so, the ban is expected to be lifted at the Tuesday, December 3, 2013 City Commission meeting. LP Palm Beach prompted the repeal of the same ban in 2005 for unincorporated Palm Beach County.

Delray Beach’s current ordinance allows restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings, however businesses are not allowed to sell alcohol to take with them – while doing one’s regular grocery shopping for example. Currently residents and tourists need to cross city lines in order to purchase alcohol on Sunday mornings from non-Delray Beach businesses where the ban does not exist.

The city commission seems in agreement and lifting of the ban should pass without objection this evening. The first reading of lifting the ban was read at the November 19, 2013 city commission meeting. Mayor Cary Glickstein feels the ban is “a bit archaic” as he put it. City Commissioner Adam Frankel said, “I see no reason why an individual who wants to get a 12-pack of Miller Light before a Dolphins game on Sunday, has to leave the Delray Beach city limits to do so.” Commissioner Al Jacquet said, “It is anti-consumerism. Adult Americans have the right to buy what they want. We’re probably losing a lot of money.” Commissioner Angeleta Gray was supportive of the measure saying, “I don’t really like the idea that they are crossing into other cities to get it.”

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