CAPE MAY, Fla.
— Florida hotel chain Pensacola Beach hotels has been hit with a $25.5 million fine from the state over a potential health risk, including the presence of potentially dangerous pathogens and mold in at least 2,400 hotel rooms, the Florida Department of Health said Friday.
The department said Pensacolas hotels, which have more than 40 hotels and more than 200 properties, has been in violation of the Clean Rooms Ordinance since January.
The order requires hotel owners and operators to have a cleanliness program in place and to provide a daily audit of rooms and ensure cleanliness within the facility.
The Department of Consumer Protection and the state’s Consumer Products Safety Commission filed the complaint in September on behalf of a group of hotel owners who are demanding a $50,000 fine, according to a news release.
The Florida Department has not yet issued any fines, and the company was not immediately available for comment.
The department does not comment on pending litigation.
The hotel industry in Florida is booming.
The number of rooms booked per day jumped nearly 200 percent in 2016 to an average of 1,700,000 per day, according the Florida Hotel Association.
In 2015, the number of hotels booked increased more than 400 percent to a record 5,000,000 hotel rooms.