MIRAMAR BEACH — Health inspectors shut down two Walton County restaurants last week after high-priority violations were seen.


In Miramar Beach, health inspectors visited Agave Azul Mexican Cuisine at 111 Canary Lane on June 25 and found several basic violations, including dead roaches, grease build-up on hood filters, cracked floor tiles and broken walk-in coolers, according to a report from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

But it was two high-priority violations that caught the inspectors’ attention: several live roaches were found, including on the dishwasher, behind the bar and on the cook line. A vacuum breaker also was missing at a splitter added to a mop sink faucet.

Warnings were issued to the restaurant to repair the violations immediately, but when inspectors went back later that day, the problems were not fixed and the restaurant was shut down.

Inspectors returned to the restaurant three times over the next two days and saw live roaches and various appliances in disrepair.

The restaurant finally reopened June 27 after it passed inspections, according to the report.

Also on June 25, a restaurant at Sandestin was shut down when inspectors observed dozens of insects flying in the kitchen and landing on food.

Poppy’s Seafood and Hammerheads at 9300 U.S. Highway 98 W., was ordered closed while employees worked to correct several violations. Among them, inspectors saw about 57 live, small flying insects in the kitchen, food prep area and dishwaster. One insect was seen landing on a Po Boy sandwich roll and another landed on a piece of Andouille sausage.

Poppy’s Seafood and Hammerheads reopened later that day.