We previously reported that Florida took down their direct shipping website after warning that the “website will remain as a resource until the last day of Session, May 4, 2007.” Since they took the site down, the DBPR has not given any guidance on a change in policy even though the legislature did not pass any direct shipping legislation prior to the May 4th “deadline”. Well, now the direct shipping website is back up, sans the warning that it used to have:
This website is provided for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The Florida Legislature is considering legislation on the wine shipment issue this legislative session and is expected to pass legislation that directly impacts wine shipment into Florida. For your convenience a link to the web pages of the Florida House of Representatives (www.myfloridahouse.gov) and the Florida Senate (www.flsenate.gov) are provided so that you might be aware of pending legislation; you should contact your legislator for additional information. This website will remain as a resource until the last day of Session, May 4, 2007.
The DBPR confirmed yesterday via phone that there has been no change of policy and that wineries can continue to ship so long as they comply with the State of Florida and Federal laws.
Update: The site is now down as of Monday morning, 5/29.