TALLAHASSEE – Since July, Northeast Florida hospitality establishments achieved the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices. The FRLA Seal of Commitment is a promise to guests that their safety is a priority and is designed to improve confidence to return to hotels and restaurants in a post COVID-19 environment. It is a symbol that a restaurant or hotel meets safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA and that staff are well-trained.
Since the launch of the program, nearly 100 establishments 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. Awarded establishments have invested considerable resources to confirm that the safety and health of the staff, guests, and establishment are prioritized.
Of the first group of Seal of Commitment Designees, the following achievers are in Northeast Florida:
- Seaside Amelia Inn, Amelia Island
- Don Juan’s Restaurant, Jacksonville
- House of Leaf & Bean, Jacksonville
- One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach
- Columbia Restaurant, St. Augustine
- Victorian House Bed & Breakfast, St. Augustine
- Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra
- Kenwood Inn, St. Augustine
“The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and RCS have been the industry leader and go-to resource for 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 are very proud to be the first B&B in the state of Florida to receive the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Seal of Commitment,” said Pat Dobosz, owner of the Kenwood Inn in St. Augustine. “We want our guests to know our attention to detail will keep them safe and comfortable during their stay with us. We are very appreciative of FRLA providing the additional training to support our efforts and to assure our success. It is very comforting to know our staff is properly prepared to take care of our guests.”
“We take our customers’ safety and health seriously” said Wen Raiti, President of House of Leaf & Bean. “Receiving the Seal of Commitment from FRLA shows our commitment and dedication to make sure that House of Leaf & Bean is a safe place for our customers to dine or visit and for our staff to work!”
“We understand that people are thinking differently about travel right now and we are too” said Todd Hickey, General Manager of Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. “We have elevated our cleaning standards and are dedicated to providing our teams with the tools, training, and resources necessary to adapt to unique challenges presented by the current environment. Earning the FRLA Seal of Commitment assures our guests and associates that their health and safety continue to be at the heart of our approach to hospitality.”
At One Ocean Resort & Spa, we have a firm commitment to place the extra attention to our already carefully cleaned guest rooms, public areas, food & beverage outlets, fitness center and spa” said David Mariotti, General Manager of One Ocean Resort. “We are proud to have earned the FRLA Seal of Commitment which reinforces hospitality industry best practices that will build consumer confidence.”
Awarded establishments have completed rigorous safety and sanitation training. 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.
Visit https://frla.org/sealofcommitment/ to learn how to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment.