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Crestview's Sunday alcohol sales hours soon could change

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — The city's official hours for when businesses are prohibited from selling alcohol likely will be changed soon to match those of unincorporated Okaloosa County, as well as those of two other municipalities.

Currently, Crestview prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages from 4-7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Exceptions to the rule are any restaurants that regularly serve full meals from 10 a.m. until 4 a.m. the following morning.

The Crestview City Council agreed Monday to move forward with changing language in the city’s code of ordinances to make the prohibition on the sale of alcohol from 4-7 a.m. every day.

That change would bring Crestview’s prohibited hours of alcohol sales in line with those of the county and the cities of Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

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It also would mean that some Crestview residents, such as fishermen who want to buy beer before they go fishing on a Sunday, wouldn’t have to drive as far to purchase their alcohol, Councilwoman Cynthia Brown said at Monday's meeting.

The Crestview City Council agreed Monday to move forward with changing language in the city’s code of ordinances to make the prohibition on the sale of alcohol from 4-7 a.m. every day. That change would bring Crestview’s prohibited hours of alcohol sales in line with those of the county and the cities of Destin and Fort Walton Beach.

In addition to reducing drive times, the planned change would help support businesses in Crestview and mean more “money in our pockets,” Brown said.

In October, Councilman Andrew Rencich had made the suggestion to have Crestview’s hours for alcohol sales match those of the county.

At Monday’s meeting, Rencich said he has noticed people at Walmart in Crestview “burning their daylight” on a Sunday while waiting for the 1 p.m. start of alcohol sales to roll around.

“We’re trying to make things convenient for our citizens,” he said of the planned change in hours.

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City Manager Tim Bolduc said revised language in the city’s code of ordinances that reflects the updated hours will be presented Jan. 25 for the council’s consideration.