On June 27, 2014, The Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Middle Keys. Fifteen businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Three of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during our investigations. The three clerks who sold the alcohol were issued Notices to Appear before a Monroe County Judge.
The following are a list of the Businesses, and attendants who sold the alcohol:
- Dion’s Quickmart- 1415 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Attendant: Lissette Martinez, 44 years of age. Notice to appear issued (NTA).
- Dion’s Quickmart- 6203 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Attendant: Janet Mathieu, 70 years of age. Notice to appear issued (NTA).
- Brass Monkey- 232 55th Overseas Highway, Marathon. Attendant: Peter Varney, 72 years of age. Notice to appear issued (NTA).
The Sale Clerk violations are up to 60 days in jail, a $500.00 fine, $235.00 in court cost, $75.00 in cost of prosecution, and $40.00 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 businesses 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.