No Brew for You?

At Backwoods Pizza in downtown Sopchoppy you can find a kaleidoscope of meals, a down-home setting and a wall of canoes ready to rent upon request, but even at one of the city's largest attractions there's something missing.

Nelson Martin, the owner, says "A lot of people say they would love to have beer with their pizza."

But you won't find beer or wine served here, or anywhere else inside city limits.

Mayor Robert Greener says, "It's just a small rural town and it's always been that way and people are not in favor of change."

Nothing has changed for more than a quarter century. It's something these restaurant owners are challenging.

Where Backwoods hits a “red light” is just a matter of feet; there is a church that is less than 1,000 feet away. By law, Backwoods cannot sell beer or wine because of that, and the same holds true near a school or a playground.

With the city only occupying one square mile of land, that leaves little room for beer and wine, and that's why a new ordinance has been drafted and awaits approval.

Robert Seidler, owner, says, "It will give us more control. Presently, when people bring in alcohol, you're under the influence of their own product."


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