Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach and Neptune Beach have all announced they're banning alcohol sales during Hurricane Dorian.
JACKSONVILLE — As officials worry residents might be getting too complacent with Hurricane Dorian — how many times have we been told a hurricane is coming for us only for it to veer off at the last minute — leaders in the Beaches are taking a step that is sure to grab residents' attention.
They're cutting the alcohol supply.
The police departments for Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach said all beaches are closing at midnight. Alcohol sales will stop at 10 p.m. Monday night until, the Atlantic Beach police said, "further notice."
-The beachfront is closed starting at 8am Monday
-All alcohol sales will stop at 10pm Monday night until further notice
-A curfew will be put into place from 10pm - 6am beginning Monday night until further
While it still appears unlikely the hurricane will directly hit Duval County, the beaches have a strong likelihood of getting tropical storm-level winds and significant storm surge late Tuesday or early Wednesday. In recent years, the streets have completely flooded, but that hasn't stopped some from refusing to evacuate.
This isn't the first time the beaches have done this. They also cut off alcohol sales during the last two hurricanes.
While I have no data to back this up, I feel confident in saying the consumption of alcohol is a primary industry for the about 13 square miles that make up the three Beaches communities. A quick cursory search of Twitter confirms my suspicions.
I get that a hurricane is coming and you want to celebrate, but please don’t light fireworks. There’s absolutely no reason to light fireworks right now. Go buy some alcohol and binge on Netflix like the rest of us.#SincerlyAMayportResident— Hannah Lee (@HannahLeeNews)August 31, 2019
Alcohol stops sellin at 8am tomorrow morning due to the hurricane boyyyzzzz...Stock up— Kenny (@kkurlin98)September 1, 2019
All I bought for the hurricane was alcohol & limes, a true Floridian— JORDON LUMLEY (@jordonlumley)August 31, 2019
And shortly after this initial story went online, a concerned citizen reached out to Jacksonville City Councilman Rory Diamond, who represents the beaches, to remind him of the importance of liberty.
This ain’t Russia@RoryDiamond— Bill Adams (@WilliamEAdamsJr)September 2, 2019
My american rights feel infringed uponhttps://t.co/jhu7sPUqLW— drew (@ndyWillis)September 2, 2019