Arrests continue in under-age drinking cases

Media Relations Officer Kevin Kelshaw told local St. Johns County news reporters at Historic City News that on Saturday, April 3rd, and Monday April 5th the Youth Services Unit of the Sheriff’s Office conducted two alcohol compliance details.

Both operations were in the St. Augustine Beach area during Spring Break.

The “Party Patrol Detail” arrested three individuals for an open house party and issued ten misdemeanor citations for possession of alcohol under 21.

For the “Alcohol Compliance Detail”, a 17-year old male attempted to purchase alcohol at 15 St. Augustine Beach’s establishments. The Aide was served alcohol at 3 of the businesses.

The aide would produce his actual identification if asked and state his true age if requested. The Sheriff’s Office filed a charge of selling/serving or giving alcohol to a person under the age of 21on the three subjects who served alcohol to the Aide. Those reports will also be sent to the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco for potential administrative investigations.

The establishments where clerks were charged with selling alcohol to a minor were:

Kangaroo Express, 351 A1A/Beach Blvd., a 34-year old female sold a 4pk of beer.
Casa Maria Restaurant, 1001 A1A/Beach Blvd., a 26-year old female served a beer.
Pelican Pub, 2085 A1A South, a 39-year old female served a beer.

Clerks at the following businesses refused to sell alcohol to the Investigative Aide: Anastasia Billiards, 1957 A1A So., Conch House, 57 Comares Ave., Mango Mango’s, 700 A1A/Beach Blvd., Holiday Inn Beach Bar, 860 A1A/Beach Blvd., Publix Liquors, 1027 A1A/Beach Blvd., Kangaroo Express, 1115 A1A/Beach Blvd., Winn Dixie, 3905 A1A/Beach Blvd., Kangaroo Express, 4301 A1A South, Finnegan’s Irish Pub, 5547 A1A South, Dollar General, 5575 A1A South, Dunes Cracker, 641 A1A/Beach Blvd., and Sunset Grill, 421 A1A/Beach Blvd.

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