Joining Forces for Alcohol Enforcement
Underage drinking has been an issue local leaders have faced for some time.
However, they're not giving up without a fight.
Representatives from the University of Florida, Gainesville Police Department, and Florida's alcohol, beverage, and tobacco enforcement agency met Wednesday morning to discuss their progress in curbing illegal drinking.
Gainesville City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa started the task force several years ago in an effort to increase cooperation among agencies.
Police have made arrests for underage drinking and cited restaurants for serving minors.
Despite that, leaders are staying positive.
""I think it's very easy to focus on the negative, the few businesses that don't meet the expectations of their state liquor license or the local community standards, but the vast majority are in indeed meeting those requirements and they're doing a good job," said Gainesville City Commissioner Jeanna Mastrodicasa.
As Gator football season nears and students return for the fall semester, police are preparing for a spike in underage and alcohol related arrests.
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