Titusville, FL - In coordination with Prevent of Brevard, a non-profit organization that assists with funding for alcohol compliance checks, the Titusville Police Department charged four bartenders and one store clerk with Sale of Alcoholic Beverage to a Person under the Age of 21 on Wednesday, June 10th. This was the third undercover operation in Titusville since June 1st.
On Wednesday evening, a 20 year-old girl, walked into several different bars in Titusville while being observed by undercover police officers. She was instructed to sit at the bar and order a beer. As always, the underage operatives are completely honest about their age and produce their real driver’s license. Three of the four bartenders looked at the underage ID, which states “Underage” in red font and is a vertical design different from that of a person over 21 -and served the girl anyway.
The following results were obtained:
- River Lanes Bowling Alley, 800 Cheney Hwy. Bartender Elizabeth Jane Sparks, 29 of Titusville, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21.
- Red Lion Pub, 4580 Coquina Ave. Bartender Carolyn E. Wood, 37 of Titusville, failed to request ID and was charged with Sale of Alcohol to a Person Under 21..
- Sports Edge, 4702 South Washington Ave (US#1). Bartender Marliese Michelle Green, 26 of Titusville, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21.
- Durango Steak House, 3455 Cheney Hwy. Bartender Kayla Raye Price, 22 of Titusville, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21.
- BP Gas Station, 700 Columbia Boulevard, Clerk Tina Yvonne Stout, 38 of Titusville, charged with Sale of Alcohol to a person under 21 (2nd Offense in Six Months).
We were pleased that at least two Bartenders at two local bars that were checked refused to serve the underage girl after looking at her ID, The Clarion Hotel Lounge on South Washington Ave, and the Shamrock & Thistle Lounge on Cheney Hwy –DID NOT SELL.
Those charged will be issued court dates and will likely face fines up to $250.00. The State Division of Alcohol, Beverage & Tobacco were notified of the incidents and the businesses themselves may be subject to administrative action by the State licensing agent. Titusville Police will continue these checks throughout the summer.