FL Dept. of Health letter to PLCA 2/24/15 re: Food at Beach Park
As I have discussed with Tom and one of the residents who came in to meet with me, the key number here is 3000 gallons per day (GPD). This is what your septic system was designed and installed to handle.
The 4 gallons per person is the estimated flow for visitors to the island using the facilities, 750 people at 3000 GPD. No seating for food service. This is what has been currently applied for with the grill. Food service limited to grilling only as stated on the permit. If the system were to go over 3000 GPD then it may go into failure and a repair permit would then need to be applied for. Monitoring the well meter is the best way to watch your flows on a daily basis and not allow failure to happen.
Now for the future:
The following would need the required future grease trap shown on the original plans for the snack bar, that was not installed. This has not been applied for, but could be done with your system. See estimated flows below for restaurants operating 16 hours or less per day:
If seating is available and is single service food service (paper / plastic plates/ throw away dishes / no dish washing) this would be 20 gallons per seat = 150 seats max. at 3000 GPD
If seating is available and is full food service (China plates / dishes / dish washing) this would be 40 gallons per seat = 75 seats max. at 3000 GPD
Now, this would also need to be verified for future use with the Florida Department of Health Environmental Engineering department for your limited use well permit to see if they will approve for food service seating.
Dustin J. Sabins
Environmental Supervisor I
Florida Department of Health Lee County
2295 Victoria Ave, #206
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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