Bars, restaurants in unincorporated Brevard County can soon sell alcohol 24/7

Commissioners move to deregulate current county hours

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Brevard County commissioners on Tuesday voted to advance with deregulating alcohol sales hours at bars and restaurants in unincorporated communities of the county.

Commissioners supported author John Tobia, who called county restrictions preventing alcohol sales between 2 and 7 a.m., “pointless regulations.”

”This would increase the freedom of residents, visitors and business owners in Brevard County,” Tobia wrote in his proposal.

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Commissioner Curt Smith said the proposal would make a lot of sense.

“If bars are open longer, people will leave when they want to leave,” Smith said. “They won’t all be leaving at the same time and won’t all be on the road at the same time so I think this is a great ordinance.”

Critics worry if drunk driving will increase.

Selling alcohol 24/7 would not apply to the county’s municipalities, like spring break hotspot Cocoa Beach.

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