ABT Arrests 35 for Underage Drinking at College and Professional Football Games around the State
October 29, 2008
TALLAHASSEE—The gridiron was smoking and sports fans were out in full force this weekend, as were the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) agents. ABT agents are working diligently to keep alcohol out of the hands of underage people. This past weekend, agents arrested a total of 35 individuals at college and professional football games.
Agents patrolled the University of Florida versus Kentucky showdown in Gainesville, the Florida State University versus Virginia Tech game played in Tallahassee, the University of Miami versus Wake Forest and Miami Dolphins versus Buffalo Bills games in Miami.
ABT agents at the game in Gainesville arrested one person for the sale of alcoholic beverages to underage persons. In Tallahassee, 10 individuals were arrested for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person. During the games in Miami, ABT agents arrested 12 individuals for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person and fake ID’s on Saturday, and five on Sunday for possession of alcoholic beverages by an underage person.
The mission of ABT is to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons, to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the laws and rules regulating the industry in Florida, and to collect taxes and fees related to these industries.
The Department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.