Stores in St. Lucie County had 18 percent non-compliance rate with laws prohibiting sale of alcohol to minors, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
A one-night undercover operation by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office last Thursday tested whether stores in St. Lucie County followed state law prohibiting sales of alcohol to those under 21.
"In 18 percent of the stores we tested, store employees didn't follow the law," Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said. "Of 49 stores visited by undercover teams, nine sold to under-age buyers. That's the same percentage of non-compliance that we found in a week-long operation in March."
Indian River State College criminal justice students supervised by Sheriff's deputies posed as purchasers.
"One year ago, a similar operation showed 14 percent non-compliance," Sheriff Mascara said. "Clearly, some of the stores have work to do in requiring proof of age when selling alcohol to young people."
The nine businesses where under-age people were able to buy alcohol were:
Discount Beverage, 3215 South U.S.1, Fort Pierce; Kwik Stop, 4935 Oleander Avenue, Fort Pierce; Applebee’s Bar and Grill, 4898 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce; 7-Eleven, 3095 SW Port Saint Lucie Blvd., Port Saint Lucie; Sunoco, 2681 SW Fondura Street, Port Saint Lucie; Pit Stop Market and Gas, 5101 Turnpike Feeder Road, Fort Pierce; Quik Star, 1924 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port Saint Lucie; Sunoco, 5006 Turnpike Feeder Road, Fort Pierce; and Kwik Stop, 702 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce.
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