Fort Lauderdale officials have temporarily reversed a 13-year ban that made it illegal to have open containers of alcohol on the beach - until after Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7. The ban was officially lifted today, so now visitors can drink up as long as it's in a plastic cup.
That goes for any kind of alcohol, but you still aren't allowed to go in the sand. But who wants dirt in their drink anyway?
Fort Lauderdale will host several NFL and Super Bowl Host Committee events and will be the stage for several big parties. The Indianapolis Colts are also staying in a hotel on the beach, not that any players will be doing any drinking in preparation for the game.
City officials originally stopped drinking on the beach to discourage those rowdy Spring breakers from taking over the area. It's worked because they haven't been back in a while.
Hotels and beachfront restaurants say they want to turn the strip along A1A into a "Bourbon Street atmosphere," which is the Super Bowl translation of, "We really need the money and if giving away booze and beads is the way to get it, then screw morality."
The ban goes back into effect on the Monday after the Big Game, so get it in while you can and this Bud's for you.