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In spite of its law firm's assertion that the business's owners and managers would keep patrons out of a body of water that received a Sarasota County Building Department per- mit as a fountain, Bob's Boathouse frequently has customers — including small children — in the water, as documented by photographs, The Sarasota News Leader has learned. Because the establish- ment has not abided by a Cease and Desist Order from the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, department inspectors erected signs around the perimeter of the facil- ity on June 26, Tom Higginbotham, director of environmental health for the department, told the News Leader that afternoon. In a follow-up interview on June 30, Higginbotham pointed out that one of his chief concerns has been parents allow- ing children into the water. "That was over the line," he added of management not tak- ing steps to prevent A photo taken at Bob's Boathouse on June 21 shows two young children in the pool. Contributed photo 'PUTTING LIVES AT RISK' NEITHER HEALTH DEPARTMENT WARNING SIGNS NOR THE BOB'S BOATHOUSE MANAGEMENT IS KEEPING CUSTOMERS OUT OF THE BODY OF WATER DESIGNED AS A FOUNTAIN If I were there with my child, my child would not go into that water body. Tom Higginbotham Environmental Health Director Florida Department of Health In Sarasota County By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor NEWS

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