PRESS RELEASE: Sarasota and Bradenton Restaurants and Hotels Achieve Top Sanitation and Safety Award from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

TALLAHASSEE – Hospitality establishments across Sarasota and Bradenton have achieved the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment, demonstrating their dedication to enhanced safety and sanitation practices at a time when it matters most. The FRLA Seal of Commitment is a promise to guests and employees that their safety is a priority, that the restaurant or hotel meets superior safety and sanitation standards, and that staff are well-trained in these procedures.

Since the launch of the program, nearly 150 establishments have achieved the Seal of Commitment, 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 prioritize the safety and health of the staff, guests, and establishment.

Seal of Commitment achievers in the Sarasota and Bradenton Area include the following:

“Employee and guest safety is paramount for Florida’s hospitality industry,” said Carol Dover, FRLA President and CEO. “Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our hotels and restaurants adhered to strict sanitation, food safety, and training guidelines, but it is important for our guests to know we are going above and beyond. With the Seal of Commitment program, we have built on the foundation of excellent standards to do even more to ensure cleanliness and safety to help build consumer confidence. Establishments can display their awarded Seal as a promise to guests of their strict adherence to these rigorous standards as they welcome back their guests and create memorable experiences.”

“Back in June, 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 ensuring that, as COVID-19 is again on the rise in Florida, the Anna Maria Oyster Bars are four of the safest places to dine and gather in small groups with loved ones this holiday season.”

Anthony Puccio, Owner of Anthony’s Italian Deli and Eatery, said “We sought this designation to ensure the health and safety of our customers, staff, and families.”

Awarded establishments have completed rigorous safety and sanitation training. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, when guests see the FRLA Seal of Commitment on an establishment’s door, they can be confident that the business is committed to sanitation excellence and protecting employees and guests.

Visit to learn how to achieve the FRLA Seal of Commitment.