SANDESTIN — A gelato shop was shut down for a day after health inspectors found roaches and rodent droppings in and near the gelato counter.


According to a report from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, on March 27 health inspectors found several violations at Pino Gelato Café in Baytowne Wharf. The most serious, according to the report, was roach activity as evidenced by a live roach found underneath a kitchen sink, and rodent activity as evidenced by approximately 30 rodent droppings in the front compressor area and front gelato counter.

The inspectors also found several dead roaches on the premises, as well equipment in poor repair. There were no paper towels or hand dryers near the kitchen sink, and no proof of manager or employee food handling certifications were available.

The toaster also had heavy accumulation of food debris and the walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer floors were “soiled” with old food debris.

The gelato shop was allowed to reopen the following day after the inspector found that the two high-priority violations had been corrected.