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Health inspectors find more than 200 insects in Cape Coral Perkins

Posted: 9:09 PM, May 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 07:06:10-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- When you go into a restaurant, you’re thinking it’ll be clean right? Well, that wasn’t the case with Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on Del Prado Boulevard in Cape Coral.

Inspectors say they found 200-plus insects in the kitchen area in late April and they were temporarily shut down. As you can imagine, some people weren't too happy about that.

"That just tells me, it’s been going on for an extended period of time," said Joel Rosseau.

"Where’s the health department? I sure don’t wanna eat there," said resident, Lee Duncan.

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation conducted the inspection and found 13 violations on April 22nd. They found 40 to 50 small insects on ceiling tiles and seat cushions in dining areas and two hundred more in the kitchen area.

Inspectors also say they found black/green mold-like substance inside the ice machine, the next day after a follow-up inspection, the Perkins location was reopened after passing it’s an inspection. Fox 4 spoke with the FDBPR communications director says in order for a restaurant to close down for good, they have to be repeat offenders of certain violations.

"If there’s an instance of rodent or insect or mold. or anything that would be a health problem to its guests," Patrick Fargason, the FDBBR, Communications Director.

The FDPBR says its restaurants have the minimum of one inspection a year - but it enough? Some customers are wondering, are these businesses taking their health into consideration.

"I feel like it’s a shame man, they really don’t take things as seriously as they should," said Rosseau.

Fox 4 did reach out to the Perkin’s Communications staff for comment, but we have not heard back.