As residents of the Florida Panhandle continue to recover from Hurricane Michael’s destruction, they might find difficulty unwinding with a cocktail. Officials in Bay and Gulf counties have banned the sale of booze until the state of emergency is lifted. Panama City in Bay County, however, rejected this proposal Thursday, as leaders voted to allow alcohol sales to resume between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison “feels like people need to not focus on drinking. We need to not compound the situation with alcohol,” according to spokesperson Corey Dobridnia. Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Michael made landfall, more than 1,200 people remain in public shelters, according to al.com. The ban may be lifted Saturday if power is restored, according to the sheriff’s spokesperson.
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