POLK COUNTY, FL (wFLA) — Polk County liquor laws could be changing soon. The County Commission will vote Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. on whether to allow businesses to sell alcohol on Sunday mornings.

Under current law, Polk County establishments can’t sell booze until noon, but Lakeland businesses are allowed to start at 7 a.m.

Tim Lauzon runs Isle of Capri Restaurant and Pub. He wants Lakeland and Polk to have the same laws. “I had customers waiting outside for when I opened at noon on Sundays, now they are not waiting outside,” Lauzon said. “They are driving a mile down the road into the city limits and making their purchases there.”The controversy dates back to blue laws. The laws were intended to encourage church attendance on Sundays and promote religious morality. There’s even a ban on package liquor sales in Polk County on Sundays.

The vote at the County Commission is scheduled for around 1:30 p.m. There’s also a public hearing at that time.

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