Fort Lauderdale May Allow Boozing on the Beach

A proposal's goal is to boost local tourism, officials say.

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    Fort Lauderdale commissioners plan to discuss proposals to allow beachside hotels and restaurants to offer food and beverage service on the beach and allow beachgoers to bring their own booze. (Published Sunday, Jan 20, 2013)

    Beachgoers in Fort Lauderdale may be able to booze on the sand under a new proposal.

    Commissioners on Tuesday will discuss proposals to allow State Road A1A hotels and restaurants to offer food and beverage service on the beach as well as possibly allowing beachgoers to bring their own drinks, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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    The goal is to boost local tourism, officials say.

    Under the proposal, hotels and restaurants could get permits to serve food and beverages to guests, as well as to the public, on the sand in zoned areas in front of their properties, the newspaper said.

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    The proposal would allow for "dry periods" during times that alcohol on the beach might be a problem, such as during spring break, it said. 

    Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said he was being “very careful and cautious” about how far the city would expand the beach-drinking proposal, if it’s approved at all. 

    "I don't want people showing up at the beach with six packs,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “And I don't want them showing up with bottles."