Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Patrols University of Miami Homecoming Football Game for Underage Drinking
November 9, 2009
MIAMI—Miami football fans enjoyed a big homecoming win over the University of Virginia this weekend, but for some underage fans, the fun was cut short when they were issued Notices to Appear for underage drinking. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco patrolled the University of Miami versus the University of Virginia football game, issuing 11 Notices to Appear for possession of alcohol by an underage person.
Underage drinking prevention is one of the division’s top priorities. The division works to combat underage drinking through a three-tiered approach—education, prevention, and enforcement. One prevention effort is Tailgaters Urging Responsibility & Fun or TURF. This initiative aims to positively impact the game environment for everyone with tips for a successful celebration, responsible alcohol consumption reminders and actionable steps each and every fan can take to ensure that the game, and the tradition of tailgating, is preserved.
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.