City of Tampa advances change to liquor ordinance that would allow for Sunday morning alcohol sales

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor could sign off on the change in December.

In Tampa, the days of checking the clock when you’re ready to have a drink on Sunday morning may be on the way out.

As it stands, Tampeños not at Tampa International Airport currently have to wait until 11 a.m. on Sundays to buy alcohol at a store or restaurant, but Tampa City Council voted 5-1 to allow alcohol sales starting at 7 a.m., seven days a week.

A final decision could come on Dec. 3, and a spokesperson for Tampa Mayor Jane Castor told the Tampa Bay Times that “The mayor will sign it if approved and it will go into effect immediately.”

The move is intended to accommodate SuperBowl events in January and February, but the uniform hours would be permanent.

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Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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