For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 13, 2021

Sarah Bascom,,850.294.6636
Kristen Grissom,, 850.814.9454


AIF Applauds Governor DeSantis for
Signing Bill to Modernize Florida’s Beverage Law

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement attributed to its Senior Vice President of State and Federal Affairs Brewster Bevis commending Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing Senate Bill 148, relating to Beverage Law, into law.

“AIF and its members commend Governor DeSantis for quickly signing Senate Bill 148 to permanently remove an antiquated regulation on restaurants. Early on in the pandemic, the governor took action to temporarily allow establishments to adapt to the circumstances and sell alcoholic beverages with take-home and delivery orders, and it helped these businesses make it through a particularly difficult time. By codifying this change into law, Governor DeSantis and the Legislature are modernizing restaurant regulations in Florida, helping to encourage the development of new businesses and increase the financial success of existing establishments.

“When the RESET Task Force met last summer to identify policies that would help Florida’s economy rebound from the effects of COVID-19 and any similar future economic slowdowns, addressing this issue was a key recommendation. We are grateful Florida has leaders like Governor DeSantis, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson, who are committed to ensuring Florida remains open for business and its economy is on the right path forward. We would also like to thank the bill sponsors, Senator Jennifer Bradley and Representative Josie Tomkow, for spearheading this effort this session.”

Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF has represented the principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920. A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.

For more information on AIF, please visit and follow @VoiceofFLBiz.

# # #