New Alcohol Vendor Training and Education Program
Training Offered at No Cost to Participants
June 10, 2008
Fernandina Beach— In an effort to promote alcohol vendor responsibility, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT), in partnership with the Fernandina Beach Police Department, is presenting a new, free Vendor Training and Education Program. The program is designed to support and supplement the corporate training that stores, restaurants and bars already have in place, and it will focus on the moral and legal responsibilities associated with alcohol abuse.
“This additional training is a joint effort with our licensees to prevent underage drinking,” said Interim Secretary Chuck Drago. “I encourage all establishments in the area to take part in this free opportunity to learn more about the responsibilities associated with serving alcohol.”
The one-and-one-half hour course will provide participants with information regarding detecting underage persons attempting to purchase alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, serving alcohol to intoxicated persons, and the liability associated with business patrons driving under the influence. The course is free for participants. The tentative curriculum includes information about the ABT underage operative program, the four valid types of identification that are accepted in the United States, detection and recognition of a fake IDs and issues related to driving under the influence.
The training will be held in the Community Room at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, located at 1525 Lime St., on the following dates and times:
June 11, 2008, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
June 18, 2008, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
June 25, 2008, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
As an incentive for businesses to participate, two ID Scanners will be presented to two businesses selected by a drawing after all four classes have been completed. The scanners are being donated by Nassau Alcohol, Crime and Drug Abatement Coalition at a cost of $600 each. This is strictly a volunteer program. The goal is to further reduce underage sales and related violations in Florida.
To schedule training dates, contact Suzanne Bass in the Fernandina Beach Police Chief’s Office, at 904-277-7342, ext. 224, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 of Business and Professional Regulation’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.
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