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A wine list that stands taller than a restaurant menu can be either intimidating or intriguing, depending on your familiarity with the grape. In Southwest Florida, there's no shortage of award-winning wine lists: from Sarasota to Marco Island there are almost 50 which have received recognition from Wine Spectator Magazine. But only a select few receive the magazine’s “Grand Award.” In fact, only two restaurants in the state of Florida achieved that level this year, one of which is in Naples.

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine wants changes in alcohol and noise regulations in the city after two people died over Memorial Day weekend in related shootings. 

At a press conference Tuesday, the mayor proposed ending the sale of alcohol on Ocean Drive at 2 a.m. instead of 5 a.m. Levine unsuccessfully proposed a similar ordinance last summer. On Tuesday, he also suggested removing an exemption to a noise ordinance that lets clubs play loud music. 

A Senate panel has approved a measure allowing craft distillers to sell more spirits directly.  The idea is garnering support from unlikely sources.

Bill To Allow Liquor Behind Store Counters Passes

Mar 23, 2017

A bill to allow stores to sell alcohol behind a counter instead of in a separate building moved forward Wednesday. 

Senate To Consider ‘Liquor Wall’ Appeal

Mar 20, 2017

A controversial measure that would allow liquor to be sold in grocery and retail stores is expected to go before the full Senate on Tuesday.