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 March 18th, 2011  
Compliance with laws against selling alcohol to minors remains at 87 percent for St. Lucie County stores, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
A Thursday night undercover operation testing whether St. Lucie County store clerks would sell alcohol to those under 21 recorded an 87 percent rate of compliance with state laws, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Five teams, each with a carefully supervised under-age person trying to buy alcohol, visited 39 stores in St. Lucie County in the operation," Sheriff Mascara said. "Thirty-four stores — 87 percent — followed the law. This is the same percentage of compliance that we saw last September when we did a similar operation."

The Sheriff's Office began the undercover operations in 2004.

The four store clerks who broke the law received a misdemeanor citation and a notice to appear in court to face the charge.

"We thank the stores that followed the law," Sheriff Mascara said. "As for the others, they have work to do."

Here are the businesses found in non-compliance by selling alcohol to those under 21:

- Valero, 1297 SW Gatlin Boulevard, Port Saint Lucie.

- Shell, 2475 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce.

- Food Mart, 3227 South U.S.1, Fort Pierce.

- Sunoco, 5001 South U.S.1, Fort Pierce.

- Dino’s Family Restaurant, 2001 North U.S.1, Fort Pierce. * * *

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