PORT CHARLOTTE — Clerks at two local businesses were issued citations last week for selling alcoholic beverages to underage patrons during an alcohol and tobacco compliance check. On April 9, members of the Juvenile Operations Unit conducted one of their periodic compliance checks at five businesses in the Kings Highway area of Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda. During these checks, an underage investigative aide working with the unit members attempted to purchase either alcoholic beverages or tobacco products. When the investigative aide attempted to purchase a four-pack of Yuengling Lager beer at the Walmart Liquor Store, located at 375 Kings Highway, the clerk asked for the aide’s identification but still sold the aide the beer. Unit members issued a criminal notice to appear citation to Myra S. Santoro, 80, of 25100 Sandhill Boulevard in Punta Gorda, for sale of alcohol to a person under age 21.
In a similar situation, when the investigative aide attempted to purchase a bottle of white Zinfandel wine at the Winn Dixie, located at 2000 Kings Highway, the clerk also asked to see the aide’s ID but sold the aide the wine. The 17-year-old clerk was issued a juvenile civil citation on similar charges. Locations that were checked and found to be in compliance: Walmart Super Center, 375 Kings Highway; 7-Eleven, 330 Kings Highway; and Race Trac, 24401 Sandhill Blvd. The Juvenile Operations Unit conducts such unannounced alcohol compliance checks at various times and various locations within Charlotte County.
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