Winter Park may suspend or revoke Buckets’ liquor license for serving minors |

Winter Park may suspend or revoke Buckets’ liquor license for serving minors

Buckets Saloon could have its liquor license temporary suspended or taken away after authorities caught bar employees serving minors alcohol twice in April.

On Tuesday, Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor requested that a hearing be scheduled to consider suspension or possible revocation of the bar’s liquor license. The Winter Park Council, which also serves as the Local Licensing Authority, scheduled the hearing for 8 a.m. Monday, June 16, at Town Hall.

“I don’t want to say anything about it before I talk to my attorney,” Buckets owner Juliana Felz said Tuesday.

On the night of Wednesday, April 2, Fraser/ Winter Park Cmdr. Brett Schroelin entered Buckets Saloon and Laundry and saw a man drinking alcohol at the bar who looked younger than 21. Police officers say they found out he was 20 years old, and when they searched him they found no identification indicating he was of legal age, according to a police report.

In addition, the police report says the man told the police he had been served alcohol at the bar about five times in the past several months. He came to the bar before the time it would begin checking IDs.

On the night of Saturday, April 12, during the process of a “pre-planned underage compliance check” which was publicized in the Sky-Hi Daily News two weeks prior, a 19-year-old underage informant entered the bar with no form of identification or money. Moments later he was served an alcoholic beverage and informed Schroelin.

When officers entered the bar, a Buckets employee admitted he served the informant alcohol because he looked of legal age.

As a result of both incidents, Felz was issued two summonses for Unlawful Acts, according to police records.

The business is entitled to have an attorney to represent it at the hearing. The business’ license could be suspended for up to 15 days without notice or up to 16 months with notice.

Instead of a suspension, it could pay a fine of 20 percent of its April proceeds.

The final option is that the bar’s liquor license could be revoked.

“Sales to a minor are very dangerous,” said Patti Garcia, Winter Park clerk. “We’re trying to protect our children.”

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