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Pinellas County to allow alcohol sales to begin at 8 a.m. on Sundays

The Pinellas County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores in the county to sell alcohol beginning at 8 a.m. on Sundays.
The Pinellas County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores in the county to sell alcohol beginning at 8 a.m. on Sundays.
Published Mar. 8, 2017

CLEARWATER –– Bloody Marys and mimosas can now start flowing earlier on Sunday in Pinellas County.

The Pinellas County Commission on Tuesday unanimously passed an ordinance that allows restaurants and stores to sell alcohol at 8 a.m. The vote brought uniformity to alcohol sales for each day of the week: 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.

The county has 10 days to file the new law in Tallahassee. Once the ordinance is filed, the 11 a.m. restriction on Sunday sales is history.

The Mayor's Council of Pinellas County supported the measure for earlier sales.

"It is important to note that there were no objections expressed to the council by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office regarding this issue," Belleair Mayor Gary H. Katica, president of the mayor's council, wrote in a letter to commissioners.

Still, cities may choose to pass an ordinance if they want to maintain the 11 a.m. sales restriction on Sunday.