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Mayor: Beach Park liquor license holders toeing the line

Updated: March 6, 2013 2:15AM

Beach Park is starting the new year out right after they ended last year right.

After a string of disappointments from underage liquor sales in 2012, Mayor John Hucker said a recent Lake County Sheriff’s Office sting operation involving a dozen businesses that sell packaged liquor resulted no sales to underage buyers.

“I’m very happy, I think we’ve been working hard and getting everyone to buckle down and get their staffs trained and I think it’s paying off,” said the mayor.

The past year the village socked businesses with fines a total of 12 different times after underage decoys went in and purchased alcoholic beverages. The fines imposed ranged from $500 to $2,500.

The mayor said he is not made aware in advance of the Sheriff’s Office stings, but that they are generally done about every quarter.

The first violation resulted in four businesses being cited, then six, then two. The last sting performed in December showed all the businesses involved performed perfectly.

“We ended the year on a high note,” Hucker said.

Officials said there are about 14 businesses in Beach Park that sell liquor, including three taverns, and packaged liquor sales at gas stations and convenient stores, as well as CVS and Walgreen pharmacies.

Hucker credits the good news from strong village enforcement and diligence on the part of the owners in training their staffs.

The mayor added that he is in the process of sending letters of congratulations to the businesses and he is hopeful the trend continues.

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