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Beach Concession Stands Cited for 73 Health Code Violations

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Scarborough beach was packed on Friday afternoon, and so was the concession stand.

This despite the fact that this stand and others at wheeler and Misquamicut Beaches were cited for 73 health code violations, some rather shocking.

Q: The one thing that gets everyone's attention, clam chowder cans stored in a restroom?

"You can't do that, obviously. It's not good sanitation, it can't be done," said Dr. Ernie Julian, from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The health department ordered the violations fixed...and customers seemed ok with that.

Reporter Q: Any concerns today about eating here, given the health code violations?

"I mean not really. I mean I haven't really seen anything wrong with it, yet," said beachgoer Dean Streeper.

Q: What are your thoughts about this?

"I think the food looks good," said beachgoer Ashley Collins.

Q: So you are not concerned?

"No not really," said Collins.

Q: Tastes ok?

"Yeah," Collins added.

These concession stands also came under state police scrutiny...when it was learned the contract was being run by former state Democratic Party Chairman David Caprio and State Representative Peter Palumbo. (D-RI).

"Despite the sheer number of violations, the state Health Department says none was serious enough to have to shut any of these concession stands down," said ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis.

Health officials say all violations are now fixed.

"They are addressed to our satisfaction right now. The facility went above and beyond what we require. They had additional managers certified. They hired a consultant. The consultant called us yesterday and told us everything was under control," said Dr. Julian from the Health Department.

So for now, it's safe to swim - and eat - at Rhode Island state beaches.
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