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Seven local convenience store clerks have been cited for selling alcohol to minors during an undercover operation conducted by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Juvenile Alcohol Task Force (JATF), the office has announced. On Friday, March 28, deputies, with the assis- tance of officers from the Sarasota Police Department, visited 67 convenience stores in Sarasota, Venice and Nokomis and found 60 locations to be in compliance, a news release says. Each of those businesses will receive a letter thanking it for its diligence in reducing the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, the release notes. Seven stores were in violation of selling alcohol to a person under 21, the release adds; each of their clerks received a misdemeanor Notice to Appear. Those loca- tions follow: • Mobil, 2525 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. • Sunoco, 3138 17th St., Sarasota. • Palmer Market, 5300 Clark Road, Sarasota. • BP, 3605 Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota. • 7-Eleven, 1240 Venice Ave., Venice. • Hess Express, 350 Commercial Court, Venice. • Circle K, 1848 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice. The results of this operation were forwarded to the Florida Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco's Department of Business & Professional Regulation, which licenses alco- hol sales at each establishment, the release points out. The Mobil station at 2525 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota was among those where Sheriff's Office personnel recently cited a clerk for selling alcohol to a minor. Image from Google Maps SEVEN CONVENIENCE STORE CLERKS CITED FOR ALCOHOL SALES CRIME BLOTTER

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