The county ordinance says that indoor businesses must require customers and employees to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking. The maximum fine for a first offense is US $ 250.
Hardy said he was “furious” when he saw photos and videos of the $ 1,000 per person party posted on social media.
He said the actions of those attending the party put the club’s staff and the local community in danger.
“My constituents have been disproportionately affected by all aspects of this virus, medically, educational and financially,” said Hardy, adding that he wore a mask at his wedding a month ago and has not hugged his mother in 10 months. “But these outsiders for one night couldn’t wear a mask. It’s offensive and disrespectful.” More than 22,000 Floridians have died of COVID-19.
Todd Bonlarron, assistant county administrator, said Monday he forwarded Hardy’s complaint to the county’s COVID education team, which will investigate and may impose punishment. He said Mar-a-Lago will be treated like any other business and a decision must be made shortly. He said he is not aware of any previous complaints against the club.
Trump had been scheduled to attend Thursday night’s party, but left Mar-a-Lago a few hours before it began, as he spent the weekend trying to reverse his electoral loss to President-elect Joe Biden. . His sons Don Jr. and Eric attended along with their attorney Rudy Giuliani, Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro, and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican who is one of the president’s staunch supporters.
“This is unbelievable. Vanilla Ice will be playing the Mar-a-Lago New Years Eve party. As a child of the 90s, you cannot imagine how wonderful that is,” wrote Donald Trump Jr. in a Facebook post that included a video of the party.
The video showed crowded attendees jumping and singing as the rapper performed his decades-old hit, “Ice Ice Baby.”
Mar-a-Lago Managing Director Bernd Lembcke and the Trump Organization did not return calls Monday seeking comment.