Judge Reviews Wells Road Alcohol Sales Law

Clay County Commission Passed Ordinance To Stop Club Alcohol Sales Earlier

ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Some Clay County bars will be able to keep selling alcohol past midnight while a judge takes up a new law that sets an earlier last call.

Last month, the Clay County Commission passed an ordinance requiring three bars along Wells Road to stop selling liquor at 11 p.m.

It passed the law after businesses in the area complained of vandalism, break-ins and burglaries.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office also said the number of DUIs and other crimes committed there between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. had increased in recent years.

The bars said the new law would hurt their business, and they challenged its constitutionality.

It may be four or five months before a judge makes a ruling.

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