Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

New Bill in Florida Could Prohibit Pets from Entering Food Establishments

Boca Raton is visibly one of the most pet-friendly cities when it comes to allowing animals in establishments.

Pets are allowed to follow their owners in majority of stores and food establishments. Even local restaurants like, Max’s Grille in Mizner Park, cater to pets through providing a specific pet-friendly menu.

However, this could all change if the new proposed bill by state Representative Bruce Antone, gets passed.

According to WPTV, the proposed bill filed during the 2020 legislation session, would prohibit household pets from entering and staying in the indoor portion of a public food establishment.

The bill would be implemented to “protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public”.

The bill would not pre-empt existing local ordinances but it would direct the state to adopt rules and provide a website for complaints.

This bill could conflict with existing “Visit Florida” slogans advertising a “dog-friendly policy”.

The bill is still undecided and legislative sessions will begin on January 14th to decide.

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