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County to Allow Expanded Outdoor Dining at Restaurants
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County To Allow Expanded Outdoor Dining at Restaurants

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (May 5, 2020) – The Charlotte County Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday to allow restaurants temporarily to expand outdoor dining in parking lots and adjacent or communal property. The order took effect immediately and expires June 4 unless extended.

Restaurants must comply with all social distancing, party size, and occupancy requirements under Gov. Ron DeSantis' Executive Order 20-112. They also must comply with relevant Department of Health and county fire regulations and the Florida Building Code. Outdoor dining areas in parking lots must be separated by physical barriers and kept clear of litter.

Restaurants must register with the Community Development Department before beginning operations permitted under the ordinance by emailing the restaurant name, location, contact information and a description of the outdoor seating arrangements to zoning@charlottecountyfl.gov.

For information, call 941-743-1964.

For media inquiries, call 941-743-1462.


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