FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health (DOH) recently sent notices to breweries across the state saying breweries will soon not allow pet owners to bring their dogs inside with them.
Florida Administrative Code 64E-11 states, "No live birds or animals except for crustaceans, shellfish and fish in aquariums shall be allowed in a food service establishment, in vehicles used for transporting food or in any other area or facility used to conduct food service operations; except as provided under Section 413.08, F.S.
Although breweries do not have traditional food service, 64E-11 defines food as "any raw, cooked or processed edible substance, ice, beverage or ingredient used or intended for use in whole, or in part, for human consumption."
After receiving the notice from DOH, a Jacksonville brewery owner created a petition to encourage legislators allow dogs inside breweries. Take a look at the petition, here.
Coastal Dayz Brewery in Fort Myers currently allows dogs indoors. They're located on 2161 McGregor Boulevard and are open on Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 1 to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.