January 20, 2009
OLYMPIA - Two Ferndale businesses failed liquor compliance checks conducted on Friday, January 16, as part of a joint enforcement effort by the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) and the Ferndale Police Department. Officers checked 10 businesses for sales/service of alcohol to minors, sales/service of alcohol to apparently intoxicated persons, and allowing disorderly conduct on the licensed premises.
The two businesses were cited for selling alcohol to investigative aides working with police and liquor enforcement officers.
The WSLCB and local authorities regularly conduct compliance checks of area businesses licensed to sell alcohol. These businesses include spirits, beer and wine restaurants, grocery stores, neighborhood markets, taverns, wine bars and sports/entertainment facilities. Compliance checks are proven tools to reduce the sale of alcohol to minors.
Liquor enforcement officers conduct compliance checks assisted by investigative aides. These individuals are from 17 to 20 years old. They must present their true identification if asked by a clerk. However, they may attempt to be evasive if asked their age but not asked for their I.D.
Liquor enforcement officers are empowered to issue Administrative Violation Notices to businesses that fail compliance checks. Fines or temporary license suspensions can be issued depending on the severity of the infraction or the frequency with which a business has been cited. Clerks who sell can also receive a criminal citation. Liquor enforcement officers review the past two years when determining fines or license suspensions.
Businesses that sold alcohol to a minor on January 16:
- Ferndale Shell, 1811 Main Street
- 7-Eleven No. 2306-20938C, 2090 Main Street
Businesses that did not sell alcohol to a minor on January 16:
- Cedars Restaurant and Lounge, 2019 Main Street
- Ferndale Express Lane, 1846 Main Street
- Ferndale Cost Cutter No. 453, 1750 La Bounty Drive
- Ferndale Mini Market, 2085 Main Street
- Ferndale Truck Stop, 1678 Main Street
- Haggen Food and Pharmacy No. 163, 1815 Main Street
- Main Street Bar and Grill, 2005 Main Street
- Mount Baker Lanes, 1788 La Bounty Drive