More than one-third of St. Lucie County bars, liquor stores and convenience stores flunk St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office alcohol sales compliance checks
Of the 92 attempts by underage, undercover personnel to buy alcoholic beverages at St. Lucie County bars, restaurants, liquor stores, convenience stores and grocery Thursday night, 32 — or 35 percent — resulted in the sale of alcohol to minors, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“Our School Resource Deputy Section, with help of underage volunteers, has been doing compliance checks for several years,” Shereiff Mascara said, “but this is the first time we expanded the operation beyond convenience stores and included drive-through beverage stores, liquor stores, grocery stores and bars.”
The operation involved eight teams who visited establishments throughout St. Lucie County to determine compliance with state liquor laws prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.
The 16 under-21 volunteers came from the ranks of 18-20-year-old Indian River State College criminal justice students, accompanied by undercover deputies in civilian clothes.
“The students did an outstanding job,” Sheriff Mascara said. In all, the operation involved 50 deputies and civilians, including the volunteers.
“In our previous compliance checks, that concentrated on convenience stores, non-compliance was in the 20 to 25 percent range,” said Sheriff Mascara. “But Thursday night’s more comprehensive operation showed non-compliance at a higher level, at 35 percent, which is more than one-third.”
The Sheriff thanked the two-thirds of stores and restaurants who followed state law and refused to sell to those under 21.
Violators were charged with a misdemeanor and given notices to appear in court to face the charge.
Here are the businesses found in non-compliance by selling alcohol to those under 21:
Olive Garden Restaurant 10221 SW Meeting Street Port St. Lucie
Walgreen’s Drug Store 1954 SW Gatlin Blvd Port St. Lucie
Walgreen’s Drug Store 2901 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd Port St. Lucie
Walgreen’s Drug Store 1025 Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie
Nino’s Italian Restaurant 5018 Sunshine State Parkway Fort Pierce
BP Gas Station 2091 SW Gatlin Blvd. Port St. Lucie
BP Gas Station 1228 Orange Avenue Fort Pierce
Norris South Restaurant 6598 South U.S. 1 Port St. Lucie, Fl
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant 1500 NW Courtyard Circle Port St. Lucie
Chevron Gas Station 1924 SW Gatlin Blvd Port St. Lucie
Tropical Martini 8589 South U.S. 1 Port St. Lucie
One Stop 2501 Avenue P Fort Pierce
Taste of India 6636 South U.S. 1 Port St. Lucie
Discount Liquor and Beverage 2828 Port St. Lucie Port St. Lucie
Charlie’s Good Times 9144 South U.S. 1 Port St. Lucie
Bravo Supermarket 2806 Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie
Norris’s North 3080 North U.S. 1 Fort Pierce
Valero Gas Station 2829 Okeechobee Road Fort Pierce
Pappy’s Liquor (two arrests) 6939 Okeechobee road Ft. Pierce
La Granja Restaurant 1006 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce
Chevron Gas Station 119 SW Cashmere Blvd Port St. Lucie
Peking Restaurant 1012 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce
Sunoco Gas Station 3306 Orange Avenue Fort Pierce
Lefty’s Wings 1034 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie
Shea’s Pub 315 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd. Port St. Lucie
Texaco Gas Station 1010 Seaway Drive Fort Pierce
Shell Gas Station 1203 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce
Shell Gas Station 702 SW Bayshore Blvd Port St. Lucie
Pueblo Viejo III 1301 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce
Applebee’s Restaurant 10501 South U.S. 1 Port St. Lucie
Salim Food Mart 1510 North 25th Street Fort Pierce
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