State Regulating Agency Announces Enforcement Operations Across Florida this St. Patrick's Day
March 15, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today announced that its Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) will conduct multiple enforcement operations this St. Patrick’s Day to help keep Floridians and visitors safe. ABT agents will patrol multiple bars and licensed premises to identify underage drinking or sales of alcohol to underage individuals. The Division will also partner with several local law enforcement agencies to assist in local St. Patrick’s Day enforcement efforts.
“Keeping alcohol out of the hands of the underaged is something we take very seriously,” said Secretary Ken Lawson. “ABT agents are vital to ensuring local communities are kept safe so that everyone may enjoy the holiday.”
The Division is charged with enforcing Florida’s alcoholic beverage laws, including the prohibitions against underage drinking, and regularly conducts compliance and enforcement checks throughout the state. Affected areas include Gainesville, Jacksonville and Tallahassee as well as Broward, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Orange and St. Lucie counties.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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