Jackson County residents vote to allow liquor by the drink

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -- Jackson County, Fla. voters have decided to allow liquor by the drink at restaurants within the county.

Sixty-one percent of residents voted "yes," while 38 percent voted "no" in Tuesday's mail-in ballot election.

"I was surprised at that, but I felt like it was time and it would pass," County Administrator Ernie Padgett said.

Bistro Palms in Marianna will soon offer liquor by the drink.

"I'm so excited. We all worked so hard for this," Bistro Palms Owner Mystie Richards said. "There's about ten of us in the group Jackson Forward. We look forward to doing more economic development things here in Jackson County."

In order to sell liquor by the drink, at least 51 percent of a restaurant's sales must come from food and non-alcoholic beverages.

Officials say the law is effective immediately. Businesses just need to apply for the correct liquor license.