The Florida Retail Federation announces that we were successful in convincing the Department of Business and Professional Regulation to initiate the rule-making process with the goal of developing rules that will set forth the standards and criteria by which the Division will assess whether license applications seeking approval pursuant to section 561.221(2) (known as the “tourism exception”), Florida Statutes, address and satisfy the standards in that statute. Given this turn of events we will withdraw our administrative petition against the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
We filed the administrative petition in order to seek clarity on the tourism exception to the beverage license law. The rule-making process gives us this opportunity; it is an affirmative step towards clarifying how this statute is being applied. We look forward to working collaboratively with the Department and all impacted parties through the rule-making process. At the same time, the legislature is evaluating beverage industry concerns and hearing bills regarding industry licensure and regulation.
Both the legislative and rule-making processes offer the opportunity for open communication and collaboration. We are pleased to be an active participant on both of these fronts, and we will work toward a solution that considers the impact to all beverage industry licensees.