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Orlando bar owners to meet with state official who stopped onsite consumption of alcohol in bars

Halsey Beshears, the Secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (Website), is coming to Orange county Sunday August 16th to meet with local bar and brewery owners according to a tweet from Representative Anna V. Eskamani.

The location of the meeting has not been announced, but industry professionals can send an email to for details.

The meeting is part of an ongoing statewide tour of meetings Beshears is conducting intended to provide a forum for him to "listen to the ideas and concerns of licensed business owners in considering opportunities for breweries, bars, and related establishments to reopen safely through a cooperative approach to shaping and sustaining a responsible path forward," according to DBPR Director of Communications Karen Smith.

The tour comes over a month after Beshears announced he was shutting down onside consumption of alcohol in bars across the state via a tweet.

Below is the entire schedule of dates for Beshear's tour so far. Other locations on subsequent dates are to be determined.

  • Jacksonville July 31

  • Tallahassee August 1

  • Pensacola August 2

  • Tampa-St. Petersburg August 3

  • Ft. Myers August 4

  • Key West August 13

  • Indian River County August 14

  • Brevard County August 14

  • Seminole County August 15

  • Orange County August 16

Media access is not being made available during these meetings.


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