TALLAHASSEE –Today, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced the first 12 restaurants and hotels to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices. Establishments across Florida have achieved the Seal, with dozens more in progress, representing the statewide commitment of the hospitality industry to the health and safety of employees and guests.
Seal of Commitment Achievers:
Seaside Amelia Inn, an Innisfree hotel* (First Hotel Achiever)
Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Ellenton* (First Restaurant Achiever)
Okeechobee Steakhouse, West Palm Beach
Okeechobee Prime Meat Market, West Palm Beach
Grand Oaks Resort, Lady Lake
House of Leaf & Bean, Jacksonville
One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach
Don Juan’s Restaurant, Jacksonville
Shangri-La Springs/Harvest & Wisdom, Bonita Springs
Kyle G’s Prime Seafood & Steak, Jensen Beach
Burg’r Bar, Punta Gorda
Michael’s on East, Sarasota
“FRLA is incredibly proud to designate these establishments with our Seal of Commitment for their dedication to sanitation excellence,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “Through this achievement, they are prioritizing the safety and health of their employees and guests. We applaud them for their extraordinary efforts to go above and beyond to ensure cleanliness and safety while building consumer confidence. We encourage all of our wonderful hotels and restaurants to pursue the Seal of Commitment.”
“The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and RCS have been performing safety and sanitation training for quite some time now,” said Olivia Hoblit, Regional Manager, Seaside Amelia Inn, Innisfree Hotels and first hotel Seal of Commitment achiever. “I am extremely pleased to see this additional program established. The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority. Receiving the Seal from FRLA gives our guests confidence that our business is sanitary, safe, and the staff is well trained. It plays a major role in our business and builds trust with our guests.”
“We wanted to be the first restaurant to receive the FRLA Seal of Commitment as we feel it is so important to not only talk the talk but walk the walk in keeping our restaurants safe and secure for our guests and our staff during these crazy times,” said John Horne, Owner and President, Anna Maria Oyster Bar. “Having the FRLA’s Seal behind us lets our guests know loud and clear that we are committed to everyone’s healthy return to our – and all – restaurants in Florida.”
Awarded establishments have invested considerable resources to ensure the establishment, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see an FRLA Seal of Commitment sticker on an establishment’s door, they can be confident that the business is committed to sanitation excellence and protecting employees and guests.
To qualify for the FRLA Seal of Commitment, businesses must ensure that all managers have a current food manager certification, all employees have a current Florida food handler certificate, and all employees have completed the FRLA COVID-19 Sanitation & Safety Course. Additionally, establishments must meet specific sanitation standards outlined in the FRLA Seal of Commitment Guidelines. Once compliance with these guidelines is confirmed, FRLA will award the Seal of Commitment.
To learn more about the FRLA Seal of Commitment or to apply for designation, visit www.frla.org/sealofcommitment.