The Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Conducts Annual Quota Liquor License Drawing
May 7, 2009
TALLAHASSEE—Today, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco held the annual quota liquor license drawing. There were 49 licenses in 29 counties available for the drawing, which attracted 8,982 applicants. For a full list of winners please visit www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/abt/index.html.
The alcohol quota license is intended for retailers who wish to sell beer, wine or liquor without having to meet requirements of a specialty license, such as a restaurant. To obtain a quota license, a person must either buy an existing license or enter the quota drawing to win the right to apply for one. The drawing is conducted through a double-random computer drawing. For a full list of the types of licenses available, please visit: www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/abt/documents/LicenseSeriesTypesABT2004_table.pdf
Each county is allotted a quota license for every increase to their population by 7,500 residents for counties under general law. There are five counties that receive new licenses based on special acts which include Duval, Lake, Leon, Nassau, and Polk. The following counties were eligible for one license: Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Collier, Columbia, Flagler, Hernando, Indian River, Manatee, Okaloosa, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, St. Johns, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole and Sumter. Two licenses were available for Clay, Lake, St. Lucie and Marion counties. Dade and Orange were eligible for three licenses. Duval, Hillsborough, Lee and Polk counties were eligible for four licenses.
The mission of ABT is to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons, to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the laws and rules regulating the industry in Florida, and to collect taxes and fees related to these industries.
The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit MyFloridaLicense.com.