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Avila Golf & Country Club Cited by State Agency

Officials at the club have until September to rectify the violations.

Officials from a state agency responsible for regulating and licensing businesses found violations that included flying insects and employees failing to use hair nets during their last visit to the nearby Avila Golf & Country Club in north Tampa.

Fifteen critical violations and eight non-critical violations were uncovered on July 10, and require "further review, but are not an immediate threat to the public," according to the Department of Business & Professional Regulation's website.

A follow-up inspection will be conducted in September based on the violations found on July 10. If the club does not comply with the agency by correcting the violations penalties of $1,000 per violation could be levied against the club, and their license could be suspended or revoked, agency spokeswoman Sandi Copes Poreda said.

Violations listed in the July 10 report range from repeat violations of "encrusted material on can opener" to "no currently certified food service manager on duty with four or more employees engaged in food preparation," a violation that must be corrected by Sept. 10, according to the agency.

Inspections are held twice annually and if complaints are received. The club has not been fined before, Copes Poreda said.

Inspection dates at the club before July 10 were: Jan. 12, 2012, July 13, 2011, Dec. 16, 2010 and Aug. 11, 2010.

Click here for the state agency's reports on the club.

Have you dined at the Avila Golf & Country Club? What did you think?

Lori McCandrew August 10, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I have dined there on several occassions and used to be a member, the clubhouse itself is immaculate. The food has always been good, however the service many times is incredibly slow. I can remember several times being only one of six tables on a Friday night and it taking well over an hour to get our food. It's a little disturbing to hear the condition of their kitchen. For what they charge their members I can only imagine the backlash.

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