Proposed legislation in one of America's most popular spring break locations has sparked concern throughout several communities. Scores of Maryland students travel to Florida for spring break, and they could have easier access to alcohol if the new legislation is passed. The measure would make it legal to purchase hard alcohol at a grocery store, a move that some opponents say would encourage underage drinking throughout the year.
The new legislation would allow big-box stores and grocery stores to include a liquor aisle next to other, traditional items. Currently, big-box stores are permitted to sell liquor, but customers are required to use a separate entrance. Law enforcement professionals say that this move could be problematic, especially with a popular vacation time approaching. Florida's spring break culture could cause college students and high school students to face serious penalties if they are found in possession of alcohol.