Governor signs Apopka liquor license bill
A local bill that could help the development of entertainment in downtown Apopka got the government. Ron DeSantis blessing Monday night.
The Governor signed HB 1431a local bill from the Orange County House delegation, led by Republican representatives. Rene Plasence and Keith Truenow. The bill expands the availability of “quota licenses” for liquor and other alcoholic beverages by restaurants in the city. Community Redevelopment Agency District.
It allows for new liquor licenses for restaurants with at least 1,800 square feet of space, at least 80 seats and that derive the majority of their revenue from food or non-alcoholic beverages.
These licenses sell for more than $100,000 on the market, making them nearly impossible for small businesses to acquire, the mayor of Apopka said. Brian Nelson.
The bill allows small restaurants in the redevelopment neighborhood to obtain liquor licenses for a fraction of that amount. The change should help spur development in the neighborhood, which is essentially downtown Apopka, mostly south of U.S. Highway 441 next to City Hall.
“If they wanted to, if they had 80 seats, they could take a liquor license. It would be perfect for us,” Nelson said.
“Obviously, that’s where they make their money. Restaurants make their money on food, but they make a lot more on booze, booze. It promotes small businesses in our CRA and gives them that, so they can buy that license for a small fee compared to a lot of money.
“We said, let’s make this our ARC, which is obviously our most needed area,” Nelson added.
The bill made its way through the Legislature, garnering only one “no” vote in the House – from the Republican Representative. Yarborough Clay of Jacksonville – and no opposition in the Senate.