Posted: March 26, 2021
Punta Gorda Police Detectives and State Investigators from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) Bureau of Law Enforcement teamed up on March 25, 2021 for an enforcement sweep in the City of Punta Gorda targeting the sales of alcoholic beverages to minors. The operation included compliance checks at nine local commercial establishments in the City of Punta Gorda licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Two of the establishments were closed, seven of the establishments open for business were found to be in compliance, and two establishments were out of compliance.
The commercial establishments that were found to be in compliance and did NOT sell alcohol to a minor were:
- Circle K/Shell (3035 Tamiami Trail)
- PGI Liquor (615 Cross Street)
- Walgreens (3795 Tamiami Trail)
- Dollar General (1300 Tamiami Trail)
- CVS (1949 Tamiami Trail)
- Publix (2310 Tamiami Trail)
- 7-Eleven (3139 Tamiami Trail)
The commercial establishment that was found NOT to be in compliance and DID sell alcohol to a minor was:
- Old Towne Convenience (311 West Marion Avenue)
- Antar’s Food Mart/Marathon (1002 Tamiami Trail)
This operation was the result of a continuing partnership between ABT and the Punta Gorda Police Department to curb the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to minors. The Punta Gorda Police Department, along with Drug Free Charlotte County and ABT, will continue to work constructively with local retail establishments where violations occur to ensure that employees are educated regarding Florida law. Operations like this one will continue.
Chief Pam Davis urges all individuals to report the illegal sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco to law enforcement. Violations within the incorporated city limits of Punta Gorda can be reported to the Punta Gorda Police Department by calling 941-639-4111.