The alcohol ban in place at the Beaches doesn't just stop the sale of booze at beach bars, it applies to the sale of alcohol at grocery stores as well. The ban went into effect at 10 p.m. Monday.

While many retail parking lots are deserted on the Beaches for Hurricane Dorian, a steady stream of motorists headed into Winn-Dixie on Neptune Beach on Tuesday morning.

The store is closing at 6 p.m. in preparation for inclement weather that could produce hurricane speed winds, heavy rains, storm surges and downed power lines.

The inside of the grocery store buzzed of last-minute shoppers — residents defying the evacuation orders that all three Beaches communities ordered effective Monday morning.

Just like those who buy Halloween candy too early only to have to return to the store again and again before Oct. 31, the excruciatingly slow-moving storm has forced many people to rush to stores numerous times to stock up on canned and dry goods, water and beer and wine.

One shopper Tuesday morning had a 12-pack of beer plucked from her grocery cart by an eagle-eyed wine and cheese steward at the Winn Dixie. 

That's because the alcohol ban in place at the Beaches doesn't just stop the sale of booze at bars, but also applies to the sale of alcohol at grocery stores as well. The ban went into effect at 10 p.m. Monday.

Elsewhere in the store, Winn-Dixie workers were busy moving items from the refrigerated cases into containers that will be placed inside a special refrigerated tractor-trailer as a precaution that power may be lost.

Other workers continued to stack the shelves with dry goods that had been depleted by the rush of shoppers trying to prepare for Hurricane Dorian for a week now.

Eileen Kelley: (904) 359-4104