TAVARES — On Thursday, May 1, a new keg registration ordinance will go into effect in Lake County, which requires vendors selling kegs for off-premises consumption to place a registration tag on it so the keg can be traced if the contents are used illegally.
The ordinance also requires persons who purchase kegs to sign a statement stating that they will not furnish beer to underage youth and present two forms of identification. The ordinance makes it illegal to possess an unregistered keg in Lake County.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance during a public hearing on Feb. 19. The ordinance was proposed by Lake County Shared Services Network and Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County in an effort to curtail underage drinking. At the time of the ordinance passing, it was the only one of its kind in the State of Florida.
"If this saves but one or two lives, it is worth the effort," said Commissioner Debbie Stivender, who is credited with helping to bring the ordinance to the Board.
Keg registration tags are being issued from the Public Records Center, Recording Division, located at 122 E. Main St. in Tavares. Keg tags are serial numbered, packaged in bundles of 100 and are issued by number to each licensed location. Each vendor, as a licensed location, must visit the Public Records Center to obtain the tags and forms for his or her business. Vendors must know their official vendor name, liquor license number, business address and business phone number.
For more information about the Lake County keg registration ordinance, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov, keyword: keg, or call the County Attorney's Office at (352) 343-9787.