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Alcohol ordinance provides 4th of July boost

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Updated: 7/04/2013 6:28 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- The Floridian is known for attracting tourists, but now that the tap can flow freely -- the owner expects numbers to go up.

"Not trying to get them smashed or anything, but they should be able to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with their meal," owner Jeff McNally said.

Recently, the St. Augustine Commission amended an alcohol ordinance that now allows establishments to sell liquor within 100 feet of a church, which is big for The Floridian, considering it sits right across the street from Grace United Methodist.

Diner Meagan Watkins is glad she was able to partake when she stopped in for lunch.

"I think definitely being able to have that option, especially when you're an adult, and of age. I think it's a very nice option to be able to have," she said.

With millions of people visiting The Ancient City each year, McNally thinks the new rule is a win for both the economy and progress.

"Nothing but good things in my opinion."
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