Sunday morning alcohol sales on tap
Palatka commissioners will consider whether they want to change the city’s alcohol laws during tonight’s commission meeting.
Listed as an agenda item for the 6 p.m. meeting at city hall, 201 N. Second St. in Palatka, is an ordinance amending the Palatka Municipal Code to alter alcohol sales on Sunday mornings.
The ordinance change proposal stems from Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill’s interest earlier in the year. City commissioners hosted two poorly attended public forums earlier in the year so residents and business owners could voice concern about any proposed changes to the alcohol ordinance.
According to city documents, the ordinance change proposed would allow for alcohol sales from noon to midnight. The current ordinance allows for sales from 1 p.m.-midnight on Sundays. By pushing the start time for sales to noon, the city of Palatka would have the same alcohol sales hours as the county.
In previous meetings, Palatka Police Department Chief Jason Shaw said the difference in the city and county law sometimes led to confusion among residents.
But the bigger change, according to city documents, is allowing alcohol sales from 7 a.m.-midnight on Sundays for “bona-fide restaurants licensed by the State of Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants whose primary business is the service of full course meals, and only if such restaurants continue to serve meals during this time period.”
Based on previous comments in public meetings, the intent of the law is allow restaurants serving breakfast to offer mimosas, Bloody Marys or other traditional breakfast-related alcoholic beverages on Sunday mornings. Hill has previously discussed the economic advantage of allowing for Sunday morning alcohol sales at restaurants.
“The intent is to stimulate business for restaurants and provide further dining options for residents and visitors,” city documents said.