Compliance with laws against selling alcohol to minors slips to 83 percent for St. Lucie County stores, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
A Wednesday night undercover operation testing whether St. Lucie County store clerks would sell alcohol to those under 21 recorded an 83 percent rate of compliance with state laws, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"It's distressing that the compliance rate has slipped four percentage points from March when we did a similar operation," Sheriff Mascara said. In March, there was 87 percent compliance.
"Four teams, each with a closely supervised 18- or 19-year-old police academy volunteer, tried to buy alcohol at 63 stores," said Sheriff Mascara. "We want to commend the 52 stores where the attempt was unsuccessful and state laws were followed."
The Sheriff said that at 11 stores, state laws were violated and store clerks received a misdemeanor citation for selling alcohol to an under-age person. Each violator will have to appear in court to face the charge.
Here are the businesses found in non-compliance by selling alcohol to those under 21:
Walgreens 280 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd. Port Saint Lucie
Shell Gas 6315 North U.S.1, Fort Pierce
La Placita of Port Au Prince 2416 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce
Walgreens 2423 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce
Circle K 400 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie
Kwik Stop 702 Delaware Ave., Fort Pierce
Cumberland Farms 975 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce
Walgreens 2501 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce
Three Olives 207 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie
BP 1889 North U.S.l, Fort Pierce
Texaco 912 Saint Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie
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