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Department of Business and Professional Regulation

March 14, 2014

Dear friends,

As many of you are aware, Spring Break is upon us. Each year during the Spring Break season, thousands of college students from across the country venture to our beautiful Florida beaches to soak up the sun and relax. As a Floridian, I am proud to call such a pristine vacation destination my home. Unfortunately, while many of the visiting youth simply travel here to relax, there are a number of individuals that put the health and safety of themselves and others at risk.

While we welcome these visitors with open arms, the Department’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) strives to ensure that the public is kept safe. Yet again, ABT has joined forces with local law enforcement agencies across the state to better protect Floridians and visitors as they celebrate their break from school. A large number of students travel to our beautiful beaches to enjoy themselves, and it is our goal to help keep them safe during their visit.

One of the main priorities of ABT is to enforce the state’s beverage laws, which includes the state’s minimum drinking age. Underage drinking is dangerous, and whether you’re contributing to the underage possession of alcohol or the sale of alcohol to an underage person, the consequences will be serious.  We are dedicated to helping everyone fully enjoy the Spring Break season, and a large portion of that includes protecting the health and safety of the public. I look forward to another economically successful and safe Spring Break and welcome all of Florida’s guests to our wonderful state!

Governor’s Corner by Governor Rick Scott

During the recent opening of the 2014 Legislative Session, we took the time to review how far Florida has come. Four years ago, unemployment was high, home values were shrinking and more people left the state of Florida than moved in from other states. Now, thanks to our pro-growth policies and the efforts of our public servants, our unemployment rate is down, our crime rate is at a 42-year low, our tourism industry is breaking records, and we have added almost half a million jobs.

With the help of our dedicated public servants, we are working together to create an opportunity economy in Florida. We are continuing to pay down debt and cut taxes for Florida families and small businesses by $500 million. We’re on the way to making Florida the best state in the nation to find a good job, raise a family, and achieve the American Dream. So let’s keep working to make Florida number one.


Ken Lawson’s Signature

Ken Lawson

Department of Business and
Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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