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Clay County voting on Sunday alcohol sales
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A law prohibiting the sale of alcohol until 2 p.m. on Sundays in Clay County could soon change.

The referendum is on the November 6 ballot in Clay County. Some business owners are pushing to move it to 7 a.m., which would make it consistent with the rest of the days of the week.

"It's been a big burden on all the businesses here in Clay County," said Elaine Cassala, who owns Whitey's Fish Camp in Clay County. "We wanted to be able to serve alcohol at 7 a.m. in the morning just like the other counties. We wanted to be on a level playing field as those other counties."

Some just don't feel it is appropriate to be selling alcohol on a Sunday or extending the hours.

Karen Brewer said on First Coast News' Facebook page, "It needs to stay at 2pm or even later at 3pm NEVER BEFORE 2PM ... (sic)."

Dax D. Bonn├ętt said, "How can u have an NFL team that plays at 1300 and restrict the sale of spirits to 1400 (sic)?"

Cassala said the late time is driving tailgaters out of Clay to buy their supplies. 

"Especially right now with the Jaguar games, what you see is a lot of people rather than buying their purchases here in Clay County, they go to Duval County," Cassala said.

The referendum will appear at the end of the November 6 ballot in Clay County.

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