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Brooksville lifts restriction on Sunday alcohol sales

BROOKSVILLE — Alcohol can now be purchased in the city every day, including Sundays, after 6 a.m., bringing Brooksville into line with the rest of Hernando County.

The Brooksville City Council on Monday night revised its ordinance in a 3-2 vote, and now alcohol sales will be prohibited only between 2 and 6 a.m. daily.

Council members Joe Bernardini, Joe Johnston III and Richard Lewis voted in favor of the change. Mayor Lara Bradburn and new member Frankie Burnett voted against it.

The change applies to stores and restaurants.

Johnston had brought up the possibility of changing Brooksville's ordinance in December. He maintained that the city's ordinance stifled business owners within the city limits.

In some areas of Brooksville, he said, convenience stores were losing sales Sunday mornings to stores outside the city limits.

In other business, the council will hold a special meeting at 5:05 p.m. Monday to discuss options to avoid holding a special election to fill the seat vacated by council member David Pugh in January. An ordinance calls for an election within 90 days of a vacancy.

However, Bradburn and Bernardini said the estimated $25,000 to $30,000 cost of a special election was wasteful considering that the matter could wait until the regularly scheduled elections in November.

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1435.

Brooksville lifts restriction on Sunday alcohol sales 02/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:18pm]
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