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Viewers talk businesses being allowed to sell booze on Ft. Myers Beach

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Viewers talk businesses being allowed to sell booze on Ft. Myers Beach

By Colleen Hogan. CREATED Sep 5, 2012

FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla. - Drinking on the sand is about to get easier on Ft. Myers Beach.

Beach leaders will now allow almost every business to serve booze on the beach.  

The ordinance will allow the 12 restaurants and bars that already serve to extend that area.  And those that don't could also cash in.  It would not apply to liquor bought at area stores. Businesses could apply for a permit to serve alcohol up to 2,500 square feet on the shoreline but they'd have to stop an hour after sunset or by 9 p.m., whichever comes first.  

It goes into effect on March 4, giving establishments time to apply. 

But your opinions are mixed.

Jason White writing on our Fox 4 Rising Facebook page:

"It's a double-edged sword. While great for business, it has the potential to get out of hand. They will definitely have to come up with some sort of regulation."

Tara Golub writing in:
 
"I think it's going to bring violence and trash to our beaches!! We already have enough people down there that for some reason can't clean up after themselves, do they think a drunk person is going to? I say NO WAY!!"
 
Some of you calling into our Viewer's Voice Line.
 
Mark from Cape Coral says "I really don't think they should be allowed to drink on Ft. Myers Beach. That is a public beach. That is where families take their children."
 
Linda from Cape Coral says "I don't have a problem with it as long as they make containers for people to recycle. and the beach doesnt just become one big trash area."