Last night the board for the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County voted unanimously to petition the City of Delray Beach to eliminate their Sunday morning ban on alcohol sales. The local political party accomplished the removal of unincorporated Palm Beach County’s Sunday morning alcohol ban years ago however they recently discovered Delray has retained its ban and will be checking in with other cities in the county to free their citizens and businesses of “Blue Laws”.
Delray Beach residents are not allowed, by city ordinance, to purchase alcohol from a business on Sundays from 2 a.m. through 12:01 p.m. and take it with them. Many people have football games and other activities they participate in on Sundays and would enjoy consuming alcohol during those activities. Many residents are surprised to learn the progressive seaside town of Delray Beach is still living in the age of “Blue Laws”. So what happens if someone does not abide by this ordinance? They can spend up to 60 days in jail and pay a $500 fine.
Specifically the Libertarian Party is seeking to remove language found in Delray Beach’s municipal code Section 113.15(a) laying down the law for business owners and residents alike when they can and cannot buy a beer. Residents and tourists can buy and consume an alcoholic beverage on the premises of where it was purchased, however they are banned from taking it with them. The ban simply puts dollars in the pockets of businesses able to sell the alcohol on Sunday mornings in adjoining cities.
Libertarians promote the free market and Delray Beach is inhibiting Delray Beach businesses from selling an otherwise legal product simply due to the time of the day. Having the government impose such restrictions on its residents and business owners is in effect government sanctioning a certain religion. When the issue came before Deerfield Beach, Vice Mayor Bill Ganz said, “This is a Blue Law designed to regulate morals and conduct, based on religious reasons. It is exclusionary… it forces others to recognize a Sabbath that is not theirs. It is not fair.”
A representative from the local political party will be at the next Delray Beach City Commission meeting happening on the evening of November 5, 2013 to present their proposition to the city. The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County is an official affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Florida.
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