“ State Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco – July 4th Assistance”
The Flagler Beach Police Department has requested the assistance of Law Enforcement Officers from our State’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT) for this year’s July 4th festivities. A contingent of Agents from the Jacksonville Field Office will be on hand to address underage alcohol and tobacco violations.
“This announcement is being sent in advance in an effort to prevent underage drinking during this year’s event,” announced Flagler Beach Police Captain Matt Doughney. “If you’re under twenty-one (21) years of age and your plan on July 4th is to come to Flagler Beach and drink alcohol, then you need to come up with Plan B,” Doughney warns. “We want all who come to our beach to enjoy the surf, sand and fireworks and to return home safely. If you are underage and your intent is to drink alcohol and draw attention to yourself, then Law Enforcement Officers will be here to address your behavior.”
This request for assistance is due to the unusually high volume of spectators at the beach on Independence Day. ABT’s Agents have years of experience handling underage drinking violations. Their expertise and participation on the Fourth is greatly appreciated.
“The goal is to make this a family event that everyone can enjoy. Underage drinking can lead to a myriad of problems. Having State Agents assist with patrolling the beach and boardwalk can help prevent these problems from occurring,” Doughney asserted. “The Agents are part of our safety plan for this year’s festivities, and we’re excited to have them included in our team for 2016.”
For more information regarding this release, contact Captain Doughney at (386) 517-2023.