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2012 S.A.V.E. Awards

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Published on Mar 22, 2012

This year's presentation of the S.A.V.E Award (Sheriff's Alcohol Vendor Enforcement) was presented to Mr. John Fontana (President) of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Sheriff David Gee launched S.A.V.E. in 2006 to partner with alcohol vendors and retailers and create a proactive collaboration to inform and educate employees and managers. The goal is to reduce alcohol-related traffic crashes and deaths in Hillsborough County.

This innovative program provides alcohol vendors with a direct link to the Sheriff's Office to answer questions, offer guidance on state laws and help train staff. Vendor topics typically covered include how to monitor and avoid serving too much alcohol to someone, preventing underage drinking and maintaining a neighborhood friendly establishment.

Many alcohol vendors in Hillsborough County have embraced S.A.V.E., and invited the Sheriff's Office to conduct training sessions for employees, and undercover operations to reveal underage drinkers and counterfeit and fake forms of identification. S.A.V.E. offers vendors' employees and associates valuable information through programs and training in responsible alcohol service. Deputies also explain the potential exposure to legal liability for failure to act responsibly when serving alcohol to the public.


The 2012 S.A.V.E. is being presented to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for their continued efforts in being a responsible vendor on consumption of alcohol, combating underage drinking and SAFE Ride Home. Deputy Larry Morrell of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office S.A.V.E program has worked closely with Seminole in training and educating their employees as well as security efforts for over consumption of alcohol. Deputy Morrell has spoken with staff and new employees about the responsible vendor program and SAFE Ride Home program.

During 2011, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino had a 50% reduction of DUI cases from 43 to 23 with an annual volume of 7.1 million patrons that visit them each year. Of the approximate 2,400 vendors in Hillsborough County, Seminole had the highest reduction in DUI cases.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is to be commended for their commitment to the safety of Hillsborough County community.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino representatives that will be attending the presentation:

HR -- Employee Training
Tammy Veltri
Danielle Stebleton
Art Druba

Security
Jim O'Connell
Margie Crown
Kyle Himpler
Louis Golpe

Beverage
Dawn Lazo
Dan Brown

Valet Manager
Nate Collins

Public Relations
Gina Morales
Lejla Salihagic

Executive
John Fontana

Seminole Police Department
Jeff Heintz

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