Last Call for 5.23.19 – A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics

A digest of the day's politics and policy while the bartender refreshes your drink.

Last Call – A prime-time read of what’s going down in Florida politics.

First Shot

A South Florida man seeking to operate a nonprofit “alternative sexuality … social club” is now asking state regulators for permission to make the venue a “bottle club.”

Anthony Masso of Boca Raton filed his request this week with the state’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) in Tallahassee.

Bottle clubs don’t sell alcohol but allow people to bring their own booze to consume on the premises, while often selling mixers and snacks.

The club, to be located in Pompano Beach, is under review by city zoning officials there. They asked Masso to get an opinion from ABT on what kind of liquor license he needs, if any, according to his filing.

That “directly affects the hours that his social club may operate under the existing municipal code,” the filing says. “The city has indicated that it is unable to determine whether its ‘hours of operation’ ordinance will apply….”

Masso says the only relevant license he could find is a “14BC license,” but that applies only to “commercial establishments operated for profit,” his filing adds.

Evening Reads

Ron DeSantis to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu while in Israel next week” via Emily Mahoney of the Tampa Bay Times

Matt Gaetz delivers impassioned foreign policy speech: ‘America First means the people first’” via Kristina Wong of Breitbart

New tax law expected to save Floridians millions” via Blaise Gainey of WUSF

Most statehouse Dems get failing grades from big business lobby – and they don’t mind” via Mitch Perry of the Florida Phoenix

As hurricane season looms, Mexico Beach idles at a crossroads, still broken from Michael” via Zach Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times

Hurricane season and summer are back. Some Florida beach towns aren’t.” via Matt Kempner of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Mike Huckabee’s epic fight to keep beachgoers off his patch of Florida sand” via Stephanie Mencimer of Mother Jones

Many Florida growers want to know when they can plant hemp” via Forrest Saunders of WPTV

Woman who helped put away serial killer awaits his execution” via Brendan Farrington of the Associated Press

Quote of the Day

“If government can solve this, we wouldn’t have had a need for this conference.” — Florida Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Wilson at this week’s summit on fighting poverty.

Bill Day’s Latest

Breakthrough Insights

Wake Up Early?

Staff members for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will hold “mobile” office hours in Orange County at 10 a.m., Eatonville Neighborhood Center for Families, Suite D, 323 East Kennedy Blvd., Eatonville.

U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor will present “overdue” service medals to a 93-year-old World War II veteran who was in the Navy. That’s at 10:15 a.m., Jan Platt Library, 3910 S. Manhattan Ave., Tampa.

This Weekend

Gov. Ron DeSantis will leave Florida on Saturday for a nearly week-long trip to Israel that will include a state Cabinet meeting and business meetings. The trip, DeSantis’ first international trade mission, is planned in conjunction with Enterprise Florida.

Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist of Pinellas County will host his 2nd annual Veterans Resource Expo called ‘All In For Pinellas Veterans,’ including a veterans benefits workshop. That’s at 9 a.m. Saturday, C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center, 2801 Grand Ave., Pinellas Park. For details, email [email protected].

Rep. James Buchanan, an Osprey Republican, will hold a town-hall meeting. That’s at 11 a.m. Saturday, State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, Venice Campus.

A progressive rally and march to support abortion access is slated for Central Florida. That’s at 11 a.m. Sunday, beginning at Lake Eola Park (by the “Centered” sculpture, also known as the “eye” statue), Orlando.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704