TALLAHASSEE — Florida's annual drawing for quota liquor licenses will be held June 7, according to a notice published Wednesday by the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. The double-random drawing will determine which entrants from the 2018 entry period will be considered for issuance of licenses in these counties: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk, St. Johns, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Union and Volusia.
After the drawing, the division will provide notice of eligibility by certified mail to the entrant(s) selected for each county.
Quota licenses are awarded on the basis of one for every 7,500 increase in a county's population. Public interest in the license system — little publicized by the state — has increased since a 2018 Tampa Bay Times story reported that the potential rewards are great. Licenses in some counties can be sold for $500,000 or more. The next entry period will start in August.
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