Feb. 8, 2010

Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Will Patrol the Super Bowl for Underage Drinking

As the Saints and Colts battle for the National Football League’s top spot, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will be cracking down on underage drinking at Super Bowl events. ABT agents will patrol the Super Bowl to arrest underage drinkers and ensure a safe environment for fans.
Underage drinking prevention is one of the division’s top priorities. The division works to combat underage drinking through a three-tiered approach—education, prevention and enforcement. One prevention effort is Tailgaters Urging Responsibility & Fun, or TURF. TURF was launched by the Charmer Sunbelt Group, and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason is the official spokesperson. Partners include Brown-Forman, and CBS Radio. This initiative aims to positively impact the game environment for everyone with tips for a successful celebration, responsible alcohol consumption reminders and actionable steps each and every fan can take to ensure that the game, and the tradition of tailgating, is preserved.
The mission of ABT is to keep alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons, to ensure that licensed establishments are in compliance with the laws and rules regulating the industry in Florida, and to collect taxes and fees related to these industries.
The department’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The department licenses more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from real estate agents, veterinarians, and accountants to contractors and cosmetologists.