Local business requests to extend liquor store into a full-service bar

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 05:33 PM.

BONIFAY - Owner of Stateline Liquors, located at 1065 State Road 179A in Westville, Mike Joshi came before the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners during their June 8 meeting to request expanding his liquor store into a full-service bar.

"I have a liquor store in Westville that has been open for almost 40 years," said Joshi. "I am now trying to open a bar and I need permission with the county as rules and regulations follows. I have letters signed by the local residents that say they do not have a problem with me opening a bar."

County Attorney Jeff Goodman requested Holmes County Building Inspector Roger Williams to speak to the Board on what information he had on the matter.

Williams informed the Board there is an ordinance in place with restrictions near churches and schools, which he is not and not within a 1,000 feet of a residential home, which can be waivered if the resident agrees. Another condition owner

must have a valid Florida restaurant license and a restaurant that serves food "prepared on the premises."

Williams said one of the concerns Joshi has is putting expenses into a restaurant and not have the assurance that the Board will give their permission.

Larry Sawyer, claiming to own 90 percent of the land around the store, came to protest Joshi's efforts.

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