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Florida golf club restaurant shut down after 110 rat droppings found on premises

March 19, 2024
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Talk about a ratty restaurant. The 19th hole at The Club at Emerald Hills was temporarily shut down after 110 rodent droppings were found throughout the eatery, along with quite a few other issues.

A health inspector stopped by on Friday, March 15, and the doors were closed soon after. 11 violations, including three high-priority ones, were identified, from food being stored on the floor to employees failing to wash hands after cracking raw shell eggs. Of course, the crème de la crème is the influx of rats using the club restaurant as their personal toilet.

Perhaps they entered through the hole next to the A/C vent in the upstairs kitchen, but no matter how they got in there, the club is going to need to assure customers (and health inspectors) that they have exterminated the problem.

“Rodent activity present as evidenced by rodent droppings found,” reads the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation report. “In storage room upstairs away from main kitchen near reach in chest freezers, 1) Approximately 50 droppings on shelves in empty cabinet in corner of room 2) Approximately 60 droppings on floor under unused desks and around front of cabinet. Employee cleaned and sanitized shelves and floor during inspection.”

The rodent bait also wasn’t properly managed, as detailed in the report: “Rodent bait not contained in a covered, tamper-resistant bait station. Exposed rodent bait on floor and inside empty shelving unit in upstairs storage room away from main kitchen.”

The Hollywood club’s restaurant was permitted to re-open following a cleanup and eventual re-inspection on Saturday. The four-legged vermin will need to move on to the next Florida golf club with the health inspectors hot on their tails.