Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-113

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 21, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Sheriff David Gee To Present S.A.V.E. Award

    6th Annual SAVE Award to be presented to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
    • Thursday
    • March 22, 2012
    • Time: 11:00 AM
    • HCSO Freddie Solomon Annex
    • 1900 East 9th Avenue
    • Tampa, FL

     6th Annual SAVE Award to be presented to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino:

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

    Sheriff David Gee launched S.A.V.E in June 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 death in Hillsborough County. 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.

    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

    Jim O’Connell
    Margie Crown
    Kyle Himpler
    Louis Golpe

    Dawn Lazo
    Dan Brown

    Valet Manager
    Nate Collins

    Public Relations
    Gina Morales
    Lejla Salihagic

    John Fontana

    Seminole Police Department
    Jeff Heintz
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