Proposal Would Repeal Open-Container Law in Unincorporated Areas Inside Brevard County
By Elina Shirazi - Fox 35 // February 12, 2021
includes parts of Melbourne, Palm Bay, Viera and Merritt Island
ABOVE VIDEO: Under a new proposal in Brevard County, people would be able to drink alcoholic beverages in public areas in unincorporated parts of the county. , Businesses say it would be a game changer and welcome the news, but the county’s sheriff is against the new proposal.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA (FOX 35) – Under a new proposal in Brevard County, open-container rules would be changed so you could take a beer from a bar to any public area and drink and sip legally.
It’s something businesses say would be a game-changer and they welcome the news.
“It would be a fantastic idea, for the sake that we have a park behind us in the avenue, and it would just make people feel more comfortable,” said Maribeth Liska, one of the owners of World of Beer in Viera.
“They can come in and we can give them a beer, and then they can go out and socially distance in the park amongst a beautiful setting.”
The proposed changes would not affect open-container restrictions in all of Brevard’s cities and towns. It would only apply to certain unincorporated areas — like parts of Melbourne and Palm Bay, including Viera and Merritt Island.
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