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You can buy alcohol on Sunday mornings now
You can buy alcohol on Sunday mornings now

Citrus County, FL -- Beginning Sunday, June 26, the public will be able to buy alcoholic beverages on Sunday morning in the unincorporated areas of Citrus County. 

The move comes in time for the first weekend of the early opening of the scallop season, when many visitors converge on the county.

Sunday morning sales had been prohibited under the previous county law. Alcohol could not be sold until 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon under the old law.

The county commission voted to change that at its June 14 meeting. Now restaurant goers will be able to have a drink with their Sunday brunch, and boaters or picnickers, for example, will be able to purchase beer after 7 a.m. on Sunday morning before their outings.

The logic behind the commission’s changing the law was to make the prohibition times on sales of alcohol the same every day – from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. -- and allow for more business and convenience on Sunday, a big recreation day.

Members of the tourism industry had pointed out that if the law was changed, visitors could do their shopping and business in Citrus on Sunday morning – and not have to stock up elsewhere, for instance, on things like beer, ice, food and gas before an outing.

The change applies to the unincorporated county, not within the city limits of Crystal River and Inverness, which have their own jurisdictions over the sales times. Sales are presently prohibited from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday in the cities.