The Florida legislature recently voted to allow grocery stores and other retail outlets to sell hard liquor alongside beer and wine, tearing down Florida's so-called "liquor wall." Now, the Florida governor is facing an intense lobbying effort encouraging him to veto the legislation:
"Florida liquor store owners are pleading with Gov. Rick Scott not to allow big chain stores to sell liquor.
Shoppers say it would make their life more convenient, but liquor stores fear they'll go out of business.
Steve Brgouthi has owned a North Fort Myers liquor store for four years. “I can't compete with Wal-Mart. I can't compete with that big store,” Brgouthi said.
That's exactly what he'll have to do if the governor signs SB 106 that allows chain stores to sell hard liquor. “But us, we’re going to go out of business,” Brgouthi predicted.
Stores like Target support the bill. Now liquor store owners are lobbying the governor to veto the bill passed by the House and Senate..."
For previous DrinksReform.org coverage of Florida's liquor wall, see here.