‘can a leopard change his spots, an Ethiopian his skin?’

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If any of the readers have ever had the pleasure of dining along the Northwest Gulf Coast of Florida, they may have found themselves dining at McGuire’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. This eating establishment is renown world wide for a couple of things, one is its exceptional steaks and seafood, I mean FRESH seafood. The second may be a little less admirable but infamous none the less..  the signs that lead to the rest room are a little deceiving, ok, down right deceiving, the way they are posted and the small writing at the bottom of the signs lend themselves to leading patrons into the rest room of the wrong sex.

For over 30 years this has been a public fascination and source of humor for patrons from all over the world.  Without fail those who frequent McGuire’s make it a point to watch as new patrons make their way to the restroom and for the most part return red faced from the ‘error of their way’, or should we say the ‘error of the signs way’.

Well as all good things must come to an end, so it has with McGuire’s restroom signs; the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has made McGuire’s remove the confusion of the signs at the risk of shutting down the eating establishment. Needless to say, this has become a very sore spot with the locals, and there is an online petition to negate the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation ruling. Below is a copy of the petition…

“McGuires forced to wash hands of restroom signs” “Local McGuire’s to lose bathroom humor” These are the headlines from the http://www.nwfdailynews.com and http://www.pnj.com — Flush. There goes 30 years of tradition down the toilet. Like the 1/2 million dollar bills hanging from the ceiling,kissing the moose or the signature drink the Irish Wake, the craftily worded signs on the bathroom doors are part of the charm of McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola & Destin, Florida. It takes some careful attention to the fine print to end up in the right bathroom. For those who havent seen them, the gist is the men’s room sign has large print that reads “Ladies” and smaller text clarifying they shouldn’t go in there because it’s the men’s room-and vice-versa for the other bathroom. But not everyone sees the humor. The signs have been removed by order of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The agency threatened McGuire’s with closure for a six-word violation- “Lack of signage properly designating bathrooms.” But McGuire’s isn’t giving up. Petitions to bring the signs back is something we are going to try. For 30 years humor and laughter have accompanied a trip to the restrooms at McGuire’s. We would hate to see this bit of history taken away from McGuire’s the locals, and the many tourist’s who enjoy a bit of Irish laughter.

Now the bathroom signs and the petition to change the departments ruling is not the purpose of this post. It is to bring to light what the state of Florida is trying to decide concerning some other restrooms in Gainesville, Florida.  Florida city hopes to resolve gender identity issue: OneNewsNow.

Gainesville, Florida, residents will likely decide whether to retain a gender identity ordinance this coming spring. The ordinance allows men — who say they feel like women — to enter women’s restrooms.

Yes, you read it correctly, men who feel like women– to enter women’s restrooms! This is a hard decision, who is qualified to make it, eh?

Cane Davis is one of the pastors heading up Citizens for Good Public Policy, which conducted a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot. Davis was asked what is wrong with the ordinance.
“I think by the fact that we got [more than] 8,000 petition signatures as opposed to the 5,600 that we were required, there’s [sic] a lot of people [who] think something’s wrong with it,” Davis explains.

I agree with Mr. Davis and the 8,000+ people that I think are capable of making the right decision. Hope the state of Florida will listen to them.

One other interesting note before closing 5,600 were required for the gender confusion petition. McGuire’s has 4,265. I wonder what will happen if they get to 5,600?


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