Posted: July 22, 2021
Punta Gorda Police Detectives and State Investigators from the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) Bureau of Law Enforcement teamed up on July 14, 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 eight local commercial establishments in the City of Punta Gorda licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. One of the establishments was closed, five of the establishments open for business were found to be in compliance, and one establishment was out of compliance.
The commercial establishments that were found to be in compliance and did NOT sell alcohol to a minor were:
- Village Fish Market (1200 W. Retta Esplanade)
- Harpoon Harry’s (1200 W. Retta Esplanade)
- TT’s Tiki Bar (33 Tamiami Trail)
- Leroy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar (201 W. Marion Avenue)
- Manatee’s Pizza (408 Tamiami Trail)
The commercial establishment that was found NOT to be in compliance and DID sell alcohol to a minor was:
- Hurricane Charley’s Raw Bar & Grill (300 W. Retta Esplanade)
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.