Delray Beach businesses allowed to sell alcohol earlier on Sundays

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A new ordinance in Delray Beach going into effect today will allow any supermarkets or convenience stores to sell alcohol as early as 7 A.M on Sundays.

Previously, only restaurants and bars can sell alcohol before noon on Sunday.

It's not just weekend nights when people want to grab a cold one.

Business owners see the desire for some to drink even weekend mornings.

"People come in every Sunday almost. My dad is here in the morning and they come in almost every Sunday and early mornings because they want to have a beer," said Faisal Shafique, owner of Gas Land in Delray Beach.

For the last three years as owner, Shafique has had to tell customers to wait. This weekend, that will change. "I'm really looking forward to it," Shafique said.

He's looking forward to the five more hours that he can make money.

Customers also looking forward to the earlier hours. "I think it's awesome. I think you should be able to buy alcohol at 7 A/M everywhere, everyday," said customer Ed Concepcion.

"Some people drink during the day and sleep at night. Some people have flip- flopped schedules," Concepcion said.

Some opponents of the new law say it's five more hours for risky behavior.

Concepcion says he's confident the new law will not change any behavior. "There's going to be responsible and irresponsible people no matter what time you serve it. It doesn't matter if you sell it at 5 at night or 5 in the morning.

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