Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How late is last call in South Florida hotspots?

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Johnny Diaz
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It may be last call for pre-dawn drinking at Ocean Drive bars like Mango’s Tropical Cafe and The Clevelander.
Miami Beach residents will vote today on whether to stop alcohol sales on Ocean Drive at 2 a.m.

If approved, all Ocean Drive establishments except indoor portions of bars that are completely enclosed and inside hotels, would change the current 5 a.m. cut-off time to 2 a.m. The measure affects Ocean Drive from Fifth to 15th streets. Bars on other Miami Beach streets such as Washington and Collins avenues could stay open until 5 a.m.
The proposed change comes amid some high profile crimes including a fatal shooting that began over a parking space argument in South Beach during Memorial Day weekend this year. City commissioners also voted Oct. 18 to close the beach east of the sand dunes at 10 p.m. instead of midnight to reduce violent crimes on the beach and to protect sea turtles.

Other South Florida cities with popular entertainment strips already shut the taps at 2 a.m. Here’s a primer on how late last call is called in some other cities:
HollywoodThe city is home to the bustling Broadwalk where tourists and spirited Parrotheads (thanks to the new Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort) stroll and sip drinks while accompanied by the ocean breeze. The city allows allows businesses to sell alcohol in restaurants and bars until 2:00 a.m. But a business may apply for what’s known as an extended hours license that allows them to sell alcohol in their restaurants until 4:00 a.m, said Raelin Storey, Hollywood's public affairs and marketing director. She noted that there are few establishments on Hollywood Beach that have this license. One of them is Nick’s Bar and Grill.
Fort Lauderdale: It’s called Fort Liquordale for a reason. Broward’s largest city allows bars in two entertainment districts — the beach and Himmarshee Village on Southwest Second Street — to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.
Boca Raton: Earlier this year, Boca city council members passed a 2 a.m. curfew on alcohol sales after residents complained about noise and crime. The enforcement affected two clubs (Blue Martini and Nippers) near Town Center at Boca Raton that were part of a land annexation in 2003 and were allowed to serve alcohol until 5 a.m.

Delray Beach: The city’s Atlantic Avenue has shoulder-to-shoulder bars and restaurants and a lively nightlife that spills onto South Ocean Boulevard across the beach. Delray Beach limits alcohol sales within city limits to 2 a.m.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Orlando asks lawmakers to ease rules on liquor licensing

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Orlando asks lawmakers to ease rules on liquor licensing

by: Michael Lopardi Updated: 
ORLANDO, Fla. - There's a new push to bring more small eateries into downtown Orlando. 
The city will ask lawmakers for an exemption to allow small restaurants to serve liquor. 
The practice is already in place in other Florida cities and supporters say it could be a game-changer for downtown.
Many smaller restaurants only serve beer and wine, but the city hopes changing the rule would encourage more establishments to open up in Orlando. 
Maxine Earhart, the owner of Maxine’s on Shine, said being able to serve liquor could help her business. 
“We’ll make a little more money because we can be more competitive,” she said. 
The city is asking Florida lawmakers to reduce the size limits for a restaurant in the downtown area to obtain a liquor license from 2,500 square feet to 1,800 square feet, and lower the minimum serving capacity from 150 customers to 80.
“It allows a small restaurant like mine to compete with bigger places,” said Earhart. 
Without the change, small restaurants could still obtain a liquor license, but the cost would be much higher.
“It's very exciting and it's a potential game-changer for downtown,” said restaurant critic Scott Joseph. 
Joseph sat on a city task force that recommended the change. 
He said alcohol can play a big role in deciding where customers dine.
“A lot of people don't want just beer and wine. They want to have their special cocktail,” Joseph said. 
Similar exemptions have been approved for parts of Jacksonville and St. Petersburg.
“I'm excited. I think it's going to change the whole downtown area,” said Earhart.
But first, lawmakers will have to decide whether the restaurants can expand their drink menu.
Rep. Mike Miller said he plans to file a bill to make the change happen in time for the upcoming legislative session.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Booze from Vending Machines?

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Booze from vending machines? No way, beer and liquor groups say

Beer distributors and independent liquor stores are lining up to oppose a proposal for high-tech beer and wine vending machines in South Florida.
The Beer Industry of Florida, the Florida Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Florida Independent Spirits Association filed separate motions to intervene in the case last Thursday.
A newly-formed Miami-Dade company is seeking an OK from the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to install what it calls “self-checkout micro marts” with wine and beer.
La Galere Markets of Coral Gables asked regulators for a declaratory statement that the machines would be legal under existing law and regulations.
In their filing, the beer distributors say the company is seeking to sell “alcoholic beverages through ‘self-checkout’ procedures with no human being present on the licensed premises.”
La Galere intends to place the micro marts “in residential condominium developments in several Florida locations,” its original filing says. The machines would also sell food, including sandwiches and snacks, but the company does not have a liquor license.
Condo residents would have to go through “checkpoints” to get to the machines, including building security, and use their fingerprints to buy any alcoholic beverage.
Scanned prints would be in a “pre-approved” database, and the machines would be monitored at all times by surveillance cameras.
That’s a non-starter, the beer concerns say: “A determination that sales of alcoholic beverages may be made by a vendor completely in the absence of any (on-site) human supervision is the type of decision that should be made by the Legislature, not by the Division.”
Allowing the La Galere proposal “would open the door to other technological supervisory schemes that may not be as sophisticated,” their filing says.
“In other words, it’s a slippery slope that could lead to other concepts … such as the purchase of beer and wine from a manufacturer’s or distributor’s warehouse location that is supervised only through technology,” it adds.
But La Galere already has argued that the state now allows hotel mini-bars in rooms, “which have no employee supervision and generally lack anything other than superficial age verification,” that filing says.
The beer interests are represented by Donna Blanton, an attorney with Tallahassee’s Radey Law Firm and a former Tallahassee bureau chief for The Orlando Sentinel. The liquor store group is represented by lawyers Dan Russell and Marc Dunbar of Jones Walker‘s Tallahassee office.
An administrative hearing in the matter has not yet been scheduled.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Proposed Bill Would Allow Brewers to Deliver Beer Straight to The Bar

Some promising news today for brewers in Florida. Florida lawmakers have proposed a new bill that would allow local craft breweries the ability to distribute beer, without the use of a third-party company, straight to bars. If the Senate Bill 554 is passed, brewers could see this law take effect as soon as July 1st.

This would allow breweries to deliver their own personal kegs straight to bars and restaurants, which is, at this point in time, illegal under the current law. The reason for the proposed law is because under the current system, it makes it harder for small breweries to distribute their product to the general public. They have to use a third-party distributor if they wish to see their product reach popular bars and other restaurant hubs.

For many brewers, this is excellent news. If they are able to avoid a third-party distributor, not only does it open more doors for local business owners, but it also opens the door to the general public and international tourists to taste local, Florida-made, beer. Microbreweries are becoming a popular choice for many young individuals who are seeking something different from the same old same old, mainstream-produced beer. The ability to get your product into the hands of more people is an exciting prospect.

We will simply have to wait to see if this bill gets any traction to comment further, but this is definitely a step towards the right direction. We'd have to see how Florida lawmakers will handle licenses. Will they force brewers to apply for a brand new alcohol license or will their current one be significant?  Only time will tell. We can only assume that lawmakers would require brewers to have both a manufacturer and distributor license. It would be interesting to see how the distributor industry fairs with a bill like this being passed. Obviously, it seems to only apply to brewers and not hard liquors like whiskey and rums manufacturers.

If you're a soon-to-be brewer or manufacturer and are looking to apply for a liquor license, then we can help! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. We're more than able to walk you through the process and get you started. As we are a liquor license broker that works only in the Florida area, we are able to bridge the gap and help you find the right liquor license for your company. We have worked extensively with a wide variety of different people and understand some of the challenges that they can face when opening a new establishment. If you need somebody in your corner, then reach out to us!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Nearly Retired and Bored to Happy and Engaged Bar Owner

We have several types of customers coming through our door, but you'd be surprised by how some of our customers just aren't ready to retire. We have guys (and gals) heading into their early 50's-mid 50's who always had a dream of owning their own bar. Florida is an excellent place for our retiring folk. We have great prices, great weather, and great people! What more can you really ask for?

Some of our soon-to-be retired folk just aren't ready to give up and leave the work force just yet. They still got a couple more years before they're ready to settle down. However, going back into their specialized profession does have its challenges.

For example, employers and recruiters are looking for younger and less experienced for less pay. It can be hard for a mid-50's professional to find work. Employers just don't want to pay our more senior citizens. They get a bad rep for not being 'flexible' in their training, and although that couldn't be further from the truth, seniors will all tell you the same thing – it's impossible to get hired at this age. 

So, what do they do? Instead of trying to re-enter the workforce again and worry about the rat race and their bosses breathing down their necks. Many of our soon-to-be retired folk prefer to start their own business. They get to be their own boss, set their own schedule, and take it easy while they get a pension check!

The bar or restaurant lifestyle can be an ideal place for them to start. Although, as a senior citizen getting ready to retire, you can pick the hot spots where spring breakers often visit to party or you can move closer to a retirement home, a nursing home, and cater to people who have a more calmer lifestyle. It's all up to you!

We are a liquor license broker and can help walk you through the process of securing the right license for the kind of business you wish to open. As there are many different types of licenses in Florida, it is best to leave out the guesswork and seek the guidance of a professional company with many years of experience to assist with your licensure. When you come to a broker like us, it simplifies the licensing process which leave you time to tend more important matters.

Do not wait months to get your business on the road. We can help you today! You will never feel ripped off when you work with us because we make sure our clients get the best deals on their liquor licenses. We know how much a typical license goes for in your country and we always base our prices off market value. You'll never overpay for a liquor license under our watch!

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How much more could you make if you had FULL LIQUOR?

Call us to find out how to add spirits to your establishment 239-205-4770. Happy 4th!!!!

Mar A Lago, President Trump, and Small Business Owners

No matter how you feel about President Trump and his controversial policies, one thing is certain, he loves Mar A Lago, which he dubs the 'Winter White House'. As you may know, Mar A Lago is based in Palm Beach, Florida and it has become a regular weekend stop for the President to conduct business and relax.

President Trump's regular visits to the location have the Secret Service swarming the local area to make sure it is safe and secure for the President. However, the infrastructure that is currently in place in Palm Beach makes it a bit difficult to secure the President effectively. In turn, there are often traffic jams and delays near the resort. Is President Trump costing small business owners valuable business and customers by his weekend visits?

According to newly released data, it shows that there is a decline in international tourism this year. While some may point to President Trump's provocative rhetoric as being part of the cause as to why tourists are a bit weary to travel to Florida, most experts agree that it is too soon to draw a connection, and evidence, to those two factors.

Last year, Florida brought 112.8 million visitors into the economy. This is the highest amount of foot traffic Florida has seen in the last six years, and that's saying a lot as each year of those last six years tourism has increased. A majority of those who visit Florida came from domestic travelers, roughly 98 million, and the remaining (14.8m) came from international travelers.

According to Kayak, a popular travel search engine, flight searches from Europe to Tampa are down by 21%. Also according to Kayak, flight searches from the UK have 'fallen off a cliff' this summer as it's fallen close to 60% in searches. So are these lack of searches related to a 'Trump Slump'? As we are investigating this in early March, it's hard to say. So, what can business owners do in the meantime?

Based on our predictions here at Liquor License FL, we'd say that Florida's tourism and economic market will still continue to rise despite the current political climate. Yes, it's a bold statement, especially right after Visit Florida's budget cuts. However, Florida has a lot of attractions that appeal to tourists all over the world, stuff they simply can not experience anywhere else. We also have heavy investments by corporations like Disney where it is in their best interest to keeping Florida's 'magical' appeal. Should business owners panic because of President Trump? Of course not! Florida's market is doing great and it will continue to rise.

So, if you'd like to become a business owner today and have the ability to sell liquor at your own bar or restaurant, then feel free to contact us. We'll be more than happy to walk you through our process and get your dream business set up!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Are You Ready to Build a Legacy?

As we get older, we come closer and closer to the realization that we want to build something that we can call ours. Sometimes, it gets to the point where we have a calling, where we know we have more 'music in us' to build something important and meaningful. If you're ready to take a step up, take some risks, and build something that you can one day pass on to your children, then you've come to the right place.

It first begins by how you'd like to build your legacy. For many of our clients, it is their dream to open up their own bar and create an environment where their customers instantly feel like they're home. The great thing about building your own legacy is that it's up to you on how you want it to look. Legacy can be built into different shapes and sizes, as it were. There is no 'one size fits all' to how you want your legacy to look like, which can have both its advantages and its challenges.

There are may ways you can design and build your bar. So, when thinking about the legacy you want to build, you will first want to plan out the end-result and work backwards. What kind of bar would you like to have, in what area, etc? These are critical questions you must have the answers to before applying for one of our licenses. As we work all over Florida, we can easily help you narrow down your search and find a liquor license, at a reasonable price, for you. However, if you already have a clear picture in mind, then it makes our search a lot easier!

It's time to build your legacy and if your dream was to always open a bar, then we can definitely help you with those goals. Our Florida liquor license brokerage not only helps business owners sell alcohol, but we aim to help business owners with much more than a simple business transaction. We help business owners live the life they want, build the legacy they want, and create their dream business.

If you're like many of our fantastic customers and are ready to build your legacy, then feel free to contact us for more information. We have friendly staff ready to answer any questions you have. And remember, we serve the entire state of Florida, so we can help you narrow down you search based on the goals you have for your dream business. We aim for fast and easy service so that you don't end up waiting months, or even years, for the right liquor license to come across your footsteps.

We understand that building a legacy takes time, so having the necessary paperwork in order to achieve your dreams shouldn't take months to do. As we work with various different types of business owners, we understand that it can be frustrating having to wait on everyone else to get you where you need to go, this is why our company focuses on getting things done ASAP. You'll never have to 'wait on' us to get the necessary results you need! Contact us today!

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