April 28, 2015

Lower Keys - Alcohol Coalition Checks

On April 23, 2015, The Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys.  Twelve businesses were checked including restaurants, convenience stores and bars.  Two of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during the checks.  The two 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 –  30989 Avenue A, Big Pine Key, FL. Attendant: Mary E. Whylie, 53 years of age.  Notice to appear issued (NTA).

Murray’s Market –  24550 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key, FL.  Attendant: Tracy L. Bryson, 51 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.


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