City of Dunedin passes new law to change Sunday liquor laws

People will be able to buy at 8:00 AM on Sunday
Posted at 9:40 AM, May 18, 2017

The City of Dunedin passed a new law to change their liquor laws, allowing people to purchase liquor, beer and wine starting at 8:00 A.M.  on Sundays.

The law passed with a vote of 5-0 in favor of the change.

Right now, people can only purchase liquor on Sundays starting at 11:00 A.M.

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This new law will allow for those going out on a boat on a Sunday to purchase their alcohol before 11 :00 a.m. and allow the businesses in Dunedin to reap the benefits of these hours rather than residents going outside the city to make their purchases, according to a city memorandum.

Scott Smith, a Dunedin resident and regular beachgoer, said this will give boaters and others more flexibility of when they buy.

"When you go out on the boat, you're trying to get out early, you're going fishing, you're going out early," he said.

This is a move that would follow what Pinellas County adopted on March 7, 2017, city leaders said.

However, some local liquor stores say this may not ultimately make them more money.

Lueken's Liquor, a locally-owned chain, said liquor stores may be able to make money with earlier Sunday liquor sales, but people may just buy their liquor earlier.

Lueken's said Sunday is typically their stores' slowest day of the week and even in the change in law increases sales, the increase may not be enough to offset increased operational costs and overhead.