May 13, 2013

Business check for alcohol sales to minors

On May 10, 2013 the Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in Islamorada and the Upper Keys. Eight businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Three of the businesses served alcohol to minors during our investigations. The three people who sold the alcohol were given notices to appear before a Monroe County Judge.

The following are a list of the Business, and suspects who sold the alcohol:

·         Paradise Pub 102041 Overseas highway Key Largo, Fl manager / attendant –James Joseph Clinton III, DOB 02/04/1967. Notice to appear issued.

·         Big Chill 104000 Overseas highway Key Largo, Fl Bartender – Juan Mata – Adams, DOB 08/11/1971.  Notice to appear issued.

·         Caribbean Club  104080 Overseas highway Key Largo, Fl Bartender – Lawrence Irvin Perkins, DOB 12/16/1963. Notice to appear issued.

The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail $500 fine, $235 in court cost, $75 in cost of prosecution, and $40 in cost of investigation.

The Licensee Violations are:
·         1st offense $1000 fine and 7 day suspension
·         2nd offense $3000 fine and 30 day suspension
·         3rd offense Revocation of license.
The remaining business checked, were in compliance with the law.

This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug Free Community. 

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