The Key West Police Special Investigations Unit cited four local bar employees for selling alcohol to minors during a two-day alcohol compliance check operation conducted this week.
Notices to appear were issued to Keegan Hungerford at Don’s Place Liquor Store, Anthony Niles at Old Town Wine and Spirits (Bare Assets), Michelle Park at Conch Town Liquor, and Renae Francis at Shorty’s Market.
Eleven other businesses were found to be in compliance.
Detectives conduct these undercover checks periodically to ensure that purveyors of alcohol comply with Florida law by checking ID and refraining from selling alcohol to minors. According to statute, anyone who sells alcoholic beverages to a minor may face a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail. In addition, courts may add a fine, suspension, or revocation of license. The first violation by the vendor can carry a $1,000 fine and a seven-day license suspension. Penalties are then increased for subsequent violations.
“Now that summer has begun and teens are out of school,” said Police Chief Donie Lee, “it’s vital we stay vigilant to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.”