WINTER HAVEN – City commissioners held a workshop on whether to change Sunday beer and wine package sales from a start time of noon to 7 a.m. Sept. 5.
The proposed ordinance would mirror what the Polk County Board of County Commissioners approved recently according to Winter Haven City Attorney Fredrick John Murphy Jr.
Commissioners Pete Chichetto and William Twyford initially proposed the idea, Murphy said.
Mayor Pro-Tem Nathaniel Birdsong said no members of the public have contacted him in opposition to the idea but many have asked why Winter Haven cannot have an ordinance similar to the new county ordinance.
Mayor Brad Dantzler said he is not much of a morning drinker but did not oppose the freedom of others to purchase early on Sundays.
Commissioner Chichetto said on the morning of Sept. 5, a manager of a Winter Haven Publix supermarket called him to say that his staff received an internal memo saying Publix stores would start selling beer and wine at 7 a.m. on Sundays starting Sept. 13. Commissioner Chichetto said he had to tell the manager that ordinance does not exist in Winter Haven yet.
A date has not been announced when the first reading for such an ordinance will be.