Polk County could allow alcohol sales on Sundays


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Polk County commissioners recently voted 7-to-0 to allow alcohol sales in unincorporated parts of the county.

Public comment is expected at a meeting at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday in Bartow, meaning the issue could soon become reality.

The county has spent years exploring the possibility of revising the law to allow people to buy alcohol on Sundays.

In 2015, 8 On Your Side reported on a new law in Lakeland that gave the green light for sales at restaurants and stores. Lake Wales has a similar law in place.

So-called Blue Laws restrict alcohol sales and are intended to encourage church attendance and promote religious morality.

But now, city locations around Polk County allow sales and other business owners in unincorporated parts of the county want to be a part of it.

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