DeSantis Yet Again Moves to Revoke Liquor License After Venue Hosts 'Drag Queen Christmas’
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DeSantis Administration Yet Again Moves to Revoke Liquor License From Florida Business After Hosting ‘Drag Queen Christmas’

An outside view of the James L. Knight Center, the facility that hosted a holiday drag show back in December. (Photo: Google Maps)

The DeSantis Administration yet again makes moves to revoke the liquor license from a prominent Florida business after it hosted a holiday-themed drag show called “A Drag Queen Christmas” in late December of last year.

On Wednesday, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation filed a 17-page complaint against Hyatt Regency in Miami after an affiliated facility, the James L. Knight Center, hosted the holiday drag show while minors were present. The venue was apparently warned in advance of the potential liquor license pull if children were allowed to attend the “sexually explicit” show, per a statement from the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“A Drag Queen Christmas” has been running for seven years now and this is the second time a venue that has hosted it faces losing its liquor license this year.

According to Fox News reporting, the complaint states, “the Department is revoking the venue’s license for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Sexually explicit content is not appropriate to display to children and doing so violates Florida law. Governor DeSantis stands up for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida.”

A similar complaint was filed in February, resulting in an Orlando event venue facing the loss of its liquor license. For these kinds of businesses, liquor is a large source of revenue, and losing the ability to sell alcoholic beverages can be devastating.

According to the complaint, Hyatt Regency Miami’s promotional material for “A Drag Queen Christmas” originally included the words “all ages welcome” before being updated to state the event was “recommended for audiences 18+.” However, the venue permitted the entry of minors if they were accompanied by an adult, the complaint notes.

Currently, the Hyatt Regency Miami is permitted to continue selling alcohol while the department reviews the case, NewsBreak reported.

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Candie Getgen is the managing editor for Gin Raiders. Before immersing herself in the world of spirits journalism, Candie has been many things: a bartender, a literary journal editor, an English teacher — and even a poet. Now, Candie shares her passion for gin with the world and hopes to help others fall in love with it, too (if they haven't already!). When not writing, Candie enjoys sipping an extra-dry martini while painting or relaxing by the pool with a thrilling mystery novel.