Just over four fifths of voters in Florida voted to repeal Prohibition on October 10, 1933. That decision was was ratified on November 14th. The stories below help illustrate what Prohibition era Florida was like.

  • An article ran in 1932 about a pastor who took matters into his own hand and ended up on trial. Apparently the minister was a huge advocate of Prohibition—so much so that he would go out on raids with officials. In one such raid a man was shot by the pastor, and we was charged with murder.

  • Florida had a fair number of corrupt officials. Apparently there were a number of national guardsmen in Florida who had no trouble helping out bootleggers. These men, according to a news article from 1930, would provide vehicles filled with liquor with the seal of the United States, helping them travel freely.


FLORIDA PASTOR ON TRIAL TODAY FOR DRY KILLING , Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); Mar 24, 1932; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1986) , pg. 17

FRUIT FLY SPIES HELP RUN RUM, INQUIRER AVERS , Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963); Feb 26, 1930; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1986) , pg. 17