§ 5-1. Legislative findings and intent.  


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  • Alcohol abuse is a factor in violent crimes such as assault and battery and increases the frequency and severity of vehicle crashes. A disproportionate number of calls for service received by the police department originate from establishments that permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises. An unreasonable amount of law enforcement resources are allocated to these establishments to preserve the public peace. Accordingly, the regulation of alcoholic beverages may reduce crime and disorder.

    In accordance with authority granted by F.S. § 562.14, this chapter is intended to regulate the hours during which alcoholic beverages may be sold, consumed, served or permitted to be served within the city limits at any establishment holding a license from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

    In accordance with authority granted by F.S. § 562.45, this chapter is intended to regulate the location within the city limits of any establishment holding a license from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

    This chapter is further intended to establish prohibited acts relating to the sale, service, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages within the city limits.

    All police powers granted by F.S. ch. 562 shall be exercised by the city to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

(Ord. No. 2009-25, § 1, 10-20-09)