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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.– A total of 12 businesses were released citations in a weekend sweep by Fort Lauderdale code compliance officials who took a look at dining establishments on Friday and Saturday nights making certain coronavirus rules were followed.
On Friday night, seven companies were pointed out, with six shutdown for 24 hours; on Saturday, 5 were bought citations and 4 were purchased to close down.
On Friday night, Piazza Italia, 904 E. Las Olas Blvd., got a $15,000 fine for repeat violations. The restaurant was reopened Saturday after a follow up compliance check out.
On Saturday, Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, was fined $15,000 for failure to adhere to a previous shutdown order.
Spazio Italian Restaurant, 239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., was another among business closed down Saturday. It was fined $500 for a repeat violation.
Fort Lauderdale Code Enforcement Officer Manny Garcia stated: “There are tables that are overlapping on top of the bar. They are not supposed to be established in that way.”
While some patrons invited the enforcement, others were visibly annoyed.
On Friday night, when Tommy Bahama Marlins Bar on Las Olas Boulevard was purchased shut, one female told Local 10: “All of an unexpected we cant even have a cocktail? Im not even near anybody. This is leaving hand.”
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said it is for the good of the public. “The whole point of this is to develop safe environments for individuals so they feel comfortable about heading out to business.”
The City of Fort Lauderdales Community Enhancement and Compliance Division announced on Friday that they were going to conduct what they said were “unscheduled compliance checks” of services throughout the weekend. They assured crackdowns on businesses until 2 a.m. each night.
” We will be looking to ensure that nobody is previous 50 percent maximum tenancy in the building,” Porshia Williams, Fort Lauderdale Code Compliance manager, stated. Other compliant issues that, if not followed, could indicate a fine and shutdown were: customers not congregating at bars, tables a minimum of 6 feet apart, signage with COVID standards was shown, and businesses running were authorized for Phase 1 of the citys resuming.
Starting Friday, a countywide rule entered into result that any entrepreneur not following compliance guidelines could be find from $250 to $15,000 for repeat lawbreakers. Some are purchased shut for 24 hours until they can make changes to be certified.
27 Bar and Lounge, 835 NE 3rd Ave., $250 fine, shut down, not imposing social distancing or facial coverings, usage of bar location.
Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar, 4040 Galt Ocean Drive, $15,000 fine, shut down, failure to comply with previous shutdown order.
Casablanca Café, 3049 Alhambra St., $250 fine, shut down, going beyond maximum capability, not enforcing social distancing, and clients consuming at bar.
Luigis Tuscan Grill, 1105 E. Las Olas Blvd., $250 fine, not close down, tables assembled at bar with seating.
Spazio Italian Restaurant, 239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., $500 fine, shut down, repeat infraction, Tables assembled at bar and not imposing facial coverings.
Piazza Italia, 904 E. Las Olas Blvd., $15,000 fine, shutdown. Repeat offenses.
Café Del Mar, 101 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach, Boulevard, $250 fine and shut down. Not using facial coverings, no social distancing, no signs published.
Luckys Tavern, 214 SW 3rd Ave., $250 fine, shut down, running as a bar. Bar establishment not enabled to open throughout Phase 1.
Noodles Panini, 821 E. Las Olas Blvd., $250 fine, not shutdown, utilizing bar location, enabling consumers to drink at bar.
Initial Fat Cats, 320 SW 2nd St., $250 fine and shut down. Large crowd, no social distancing, no signage.
Poorhouse, 110 S.W. 3rd Ave., $250 fine, shut down. Large crowd, no social distancing, no signage.
Tommy Bahama Marlin Bar, 740 E. Las Olas Blvd., $250 fine, shut down, running as a bar. Bar establishment not enabled open during Phase 1.