REAL ESTATE

Florida passes open container law for one center in Gainesville

BY Al Urbanski

It could become known as the Celebration Pointe law, and a fitting name it would be.

Last week Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law allowing people to carry open alcoholic beverage containers on the grounds of Celebration Pointe, a 160—acre mixed-used development that opened last year in Gainesville.

“We would like to thank State Representative Clovis Watson Jr. for sponsoring the legislation, the Florida House and Senate for supporting it, and Governor DeSantis for signing it,” said Sean McIntosh, Celebration Pointe’s Senior VP of asset management.

Celebration Pointe guests 21 and older are now free to carry and drink alcoholic beverages purchased on the premises within a designated area with the central City Walk at its core.

The new development in the growing town that’s the home of the University of Florida boasts 300,000 sq. ft. of office space, a 140-room Indigo hotel, and 400,000 sq. ft. of retail, dining, and entertainment. Key tenants are Bass Pro Shops, Dave & Busters, Nike Factory Store, Hana Sushi, and a Regal Cinemas RPX theater.

“It’s going to give Celebration Pointe guests tremendous added convenience, as if they are in their own backyard and neighborhood,” said Sean McIntosh.

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