Eight stores in Florida were recently cited for furnishing alcohol to people under 21 years old. The arrests occurred during a sheriff’s sting operation in Manatee County. The law enforcement operation took place on a Saturday.
Underage drinking citations
Authorities targeted businesses suspected of serving and/or selling alcohol during their recent Florida sting operation. They visited 68 businesses countywide during their underage drinking operation. A clerk at each of the eight establishments received a summons to appear in court to answer accusations of selling an alcoholic beverage to underage individuals.
The establishments where citations were issued are located in the cities of Bradenton, Sarasota and Ellenton. They range from a RaceTrac to a couple of 7-11s, a Marathon and a couple of Chevrons. Drug Free Manatee partnered with the county sheriff’s special investigations unit to perform the countywide sting. Drug Free Manatee is a coalition that promotes drug abuse prevention.
How an attorney can help
Alcohol retailers in Florida may want to work with an attorney with extensive experience representing businesses in the industry. An attorney can help achieve compliance with applicable laws to avoid penalties like fines and even license revocation or suspension, as well as represent retailers in court when they face these issues. A lawyer can also provide support in areas such as business formation, licensing, policy development and online sales and shipping. The focus will be on ensuring that a client’s rights and best interests are protected long term. Retailers can also get help with internal audits, distributor agreements and marketing and advertising.