Sag Harbor Coalition, the Sag Harbor Police Department, and HUGS (Human Understanding and Growth Services, Inc.) kicked off a youth-led initiative to change adult attitudes about providing alcohol to minors at local Sag Harbor businesses last week.
“Sticker Shock” is a nation-wide program making an effort to reach adults who may be tempted to buy alcohol for those under the age of 21. The sticker warns adults that, “It is illegal to purchase or supply alcohol to minors — fines up to $1000 or a year in jail.”
“When adults supply alcohol for youth it sends a very mixed message,” said Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Tom Fabiano. “Underage drinking is not a teen problem, but a community problem. Adults, youth, law enforcement and retail stores need to be part of the solution.”
“A strong community message is sent when local businesses take responsibility for speaking out against underage drinking,” said HUGS executive director Kym Laube.
“This is less about the sticker and more about the dialogue,” added Laube. “This gives the community an opportunity to talk about a major issue that it has on its hands.”
“Sticker Shock is one initiative of the Sag Harbor Coalition, others include parent workshops and youth social events” according to it’s co-chair, Dr. John Oppenheimer. “The Sag Harbor Coalition is an organization with a singular goal — to help the youth in our community to have healthy and productive lives — free of alcohol and other drugs. The Coalition is comprised of a wide range of our Sag Harbor community — parents, educators, health care providers, law enforcement officials, business owners, and representative of media, churches and synagogues, government, civic, volunteer, fraternal and youth agencies and, of course, kids.”
Sticker Shock took place on Sunday, October 28th throughout the community. In all, 11 area businesses which have liquor licenses agreed to put up signs, place stickers on cases of beer and place window decals on glass doors, including the Cove Deli, Cromer’s Market, the Sag Harbor Beverage Store, Cavaniola’s, Jimmy Jim’s Deli, Long Wharf Wines & Spirits, Noyac Liquors, Bay Burger, Conca D’oro, Water Street Wines and 7-Eleven. Local adults with local teens placed 15 posters, 15 signs for 2 Forms of Id, 45 window decals and 500 stickers.