Upper Keys Alcohol Coalition Checks

On June 27, 2024, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division conducted an operation checking businesses that sell alcohol in the Upper Keys. Eighteen businesses were checked and four of the businesses served alcohol to a minor during our investigation. The clerks who sold the alcohol were issued a Notice to Appear before a Monroe County Judge.

The following businesses sold alcohol:

  • Valero, 99675 Overseas Highway, Key Largo
  • Denny’s Liquor, 99600 Overseas Highway, Key Largo
  • Mobil, 92439 Overseas Highway, Tavernier
  • 7-Eleven, 90270 Overseas Highway, Tavernier

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 salesclerk.

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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