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Do You Have a Game Plan? Avoid Special Event Fumbles during the Big Game!

As rabid football fans get ready for Super Bowl Sunday in Sunny South Florida, on-premise vendors have a unique opportunity to draw in the masses and stand out from the crowd with special Super Bowl events!

Before you send out those invites and start posting event details on social media, be sure you check with local and state regulators about any additional permit requirements for your special event.

  • Events that will extend the licensed areas of food or alcohol consumption will generally require modification of existing permits or temporary special permits;
  • The special event permitting process can take several weeks, so if not started already, it may be too late! Be sure to check with local authorities;
  • Any added entertainment, especially live entertainment, may alone trigger additional permitting or special approval requirements;
  • If you are contracting with additional service providers for your special event such as food caterers or food trucks, be sure each vendor is properly licensed and carries any required insurance policies;
  • Lastly, be sure to check with your landlord or property management company on any notice or additional insurance requirements. It is likely you will need landlord consent for special events. 

Please contact us as needed for some quick coaching on your special event play! 

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Marbet Lewis

Marbet Lewis

Marbet Lewis has focused her practice on the laws governing the alcohol industry and the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcohol beverage products since 2004. She represents clients in all aspects of alcohol and business licensing in Florida including alcohol licensee mergers and acquisitions, negotiation of asset purchase agreements and required alcohol use provisions, license transfers and licensing due diligence, trade practices, alcohol product advertising and review of marketing agreements, importation agreements, label approvals, and regulatory compliance guidance. Her experience also includes enforcement action defense and administrative litigation, zoning and land use due diligence and approval processes, and state and local government regulatory compliance. She works with domestic and foreign suppliers, wholesalers and a broad range of retailers, including nightclubs, bars, movie theater operators, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, bars, nightclubs, and pharmacy chains.

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