Lower Keys-Alcohol Coalition Checks

On Jan. 18, 2023, The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Lower Keys. Twelve businesses were checked. Two of the businesses sold alcohol to a minor during our investigation. The clerks who sold the alcohol were issued a Notice to Appear citation before a Monroe County Judge.

The following businesses sold alcohol:

  • Dion’s Quick Mart, 4908 Overseas Highway, Big Coppitt Key
  • Summerland Wine and Spirits, 24822 Overseas Highway, Summerland Key

The store clerks at each location were issued a notice to appear citation for the sale of alcohol to a minor.

The maximum penalties for these violations are up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, $235 in court costs, $75 in cost of prosecution, and $40 in cost of investigation against the sales clerk.

The licensee violations are:

1st Offense: $1000 fine and 7-day suspension.

2nd Offense: $3000 fine and 30-day suspension.

3rd Offense: Revocation of license.

The remaining businesses checked were in compliance with the law. This operation was conducted in cooperation with the Monroe County Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community.

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