On April 7, 2015, The Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Middle Keys. Fourteen 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:
- Walgreen’s - 5271 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Attendant: Giovanny J. Vargas, 41 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
- Walgreen’s - 10870 Overseas Highway, Marathon. Attendant: Lisa M. Reed, 49 years of age. Notice to appear issued.
The Sale Clerk violations are punishable by up to 60 days in jail, a $500.00 fine, $235.00 in court cost, $75.00 in cost of prosecu-tion, and $40.00 in cost of investigation.
Licensee Violations are punishable by:
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.