TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Some bar-goers are getting an extra hour to hang out by the beach and have a drink. People ages 21 and older can now drink until 3 a.m. on Treasure Island.
"Everybody seems to be real happy about it," said bartender Rob Strait. "We get a lot of workers that are in the hospitality business and they don’t get here until 11:30 p.m. or 12 a.m. and they usually just stay until 12:30 a.m. They power drink, and then go to another bar."
That's why some bar owners pushed for the law to change. A later time would bring them more business and keep their customers safe, preventing them from driving while intoxicated.
"Safety was my main concern. There'll be less cars on the road when they shouldn’t be on the road after 1 a.m. I can keep them here," said Joshua Leal, owner of CJ's on the Island.
Leal knows his bar could be held liable. All of his bartenders and security are trained to help anyone who may have had too much to drink.
"They’ll cut them off. Myself or a security guard will walk them outside with a water call them a ride, make sure they get home safely, and make sure they get into the ride," said Leal.
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