Thank you for your patience while I reviewed the applicable statutes and code..
Florida’s Beverage Law prohibits any person from holding a license at any tier if he or she “has been convicted within the last past 5 years of any offense against the beverage laws of this state, the United States, or any other state; who has been convicted within the last past 5 years in this state or any other state or the United States of soliciting for prostitution, pandering, letting premises for prostitution, or keeping a disorderly place or of any criminal violation of chapter 893 or the controlled substance act of any other state or the Federal Government; or who has been convicted in the last past 15 years of any felony in this state or any other state or the United States ….” Section 561.15, Fla. Stat.
That said, however, it is a discretionary decision made by the government (the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco). They may still require a person to submit evidence to demonstrate that you are of good moral character upon receipt of your application. Section 6 of form ABT-6001 requires to to list any felony conviction and the circumstances, dates, et if it occurred within the last 15 years. You can read what the Division considers under moral character here.
As this happened in 1982, you wouldn't have to answer "yes" to the question, provide an arrest record, or anything like that. Thus, the felony itself does not prohibit you. Does that mean everyone who applies for a licensed gets one, however? No. It's still a discretionary process, but your felony from 3 decades ago is not an issue.
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