FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- A new bill revising the criteria for special alcoholic beverage licenses within Nassau County was signed into law Monday.
The bill effectively shrinks the seating requirements so restaurants can more easily obtain liquor licenses.
Under state statute, a county can give out one liquor license per 7,500 residents.
Restaurants that have 2,500 square feet of service area, are equipped to serve full meals to 150 people at one time and derive 51 percent of their income from food, are exempt.
According to First Coast News' partner The Florida Times-Union, a special act passed in 1981 makes that exemption much tougher in Nassau County. Restaurants in that county were exempt if they have 4,000 square feet of serving area and can serve 400 people at once.
"This bill expands our local restaurant options," said Rep. Adkins. "The Nassau County Commission requested last year that I file this bill. I welcome the opportunity to assist our local government in stimulating our community's economy and providing more employment opportunities for our citizens."
Nassau County's local bill HB 1283, by State Representative Janet Adkins, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott.
The bill changes seating requirements for restaurants in Nassau County to reflect state requirements, making it easier for restaurants to open, according to Adkins.
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