Jacksonville Beach to Consider Changes In Alcohol Ordinance

Restaurants that serve alcohol would be required to close at midnight.

The Jacksonville Beach City Council held a special meeting Wednesday night to work through the language of a proposed ordinance that would require restaurants that serve alcohol in Jacksonville Beach at midnight rather than 2:00 a.m.

The change is in response to the number of alcohol-related incidents in Jacksonville Beach. Police Chief Patrick Dooley said during the meeting that many of the incidents involve people who have been drinking at restaurants that have stopped serving food but continue to serve alcohol. They have been referred to as “Restaurants in Name Only”, or RINOs, during the process.

The affected establishments would be those who have SRX, or Special Restaurant Exemption liquor licenses, which are much easier to obtain and less expensive than the 4COP licenses that are required for bars.

The vote to move forward with the change was unanimous. No date has been set for further consideration by the council.

Jacksonville City Council

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