LARGO — City commissioners voted 5-2 Tuesday night to allow bars and restaurants in the city to sell alcohol until 3 a.m., bringing city code in line with Pinellas County's recently enacted alcohol sales cutoff.
Bar owners in Largo have said that in order to compete with cities like St. Petersburg and Tampa, which allow alcohol to be served until 3 a.m., the city needed to follow suit.
Since Largo already had an ordinance that stated its bars and restaurants must stop selling alcohol between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 2 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Sundays, commissioners needed to alter the ordinance to match the county.
Largo police Chief John Carroll has said previously he does not take issue with extending alcohol sale times by an hour.
Dominick Tao, Times staff writer