The Florida Retail Federation is focused on solutions for our members. When we filed our administrative petition last week with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation regarding the tourism exception to the three tier system, our goal was to establish clarity in the beverage laws. We are pleased to share with you that we have been in discussions with the Department to encourage them to seek rule making on the tourism exception. Our initial conversations have been promising.
We have indicated that if the Department moves forward with rule making, we will request that our petition be put in abeyance. This means we will put our petition on hold as we work with the Department and all other impacted parties to craft a rule that is clear and fair. At the same time, the legislature will be working on legislation that addresses this area of law. We will also be working collaboratively in the legislative process to make sure our members' concerns are heard and addressed.