Saturday, April 29, 2017

If the Governor Signs, the “Take Down the Wall" Legislation Will be Law

Gov. Rick Scott
     It has been a long road, but it looks like we will be able to buy spirits in the grocery stores and other larger retail outlets in Florida.  The state has a chance to get into the 21st century with 28 other states.

     The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Florida Legislature for passing SB 106, legislation that would allow spirits sales in grocery stores.   The legislation, known as the "Take Down the Wall" bill, allows spirits to be sold alongside wine and beer in grocery stores. Currently, retailers must segregate spirits into a side store separated by a wall, inconveniencing consumers. 

     "Florida consumers want a modern marketplace where they can purchase spirits, wine and beer at the same time and same place - like in most states," said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard. "We applaud the Florida legislature for listening to its constituents and urge Governor Scott to sign this pro-consumer legislation." 

     Following Governor Rick Scott's signature, Florida will become the 28th state to allow the sale of spirits, wine and beer in large retail locations such as grocery stores and big-box retailers.