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Pasco County officials allow Snowcat Ridge to reopen after safety inspection

Posted at 4:02 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 15:46:20-05

DADE CITY, Fla. — Florida's first snow park, Snowcat Ridge, has reopened after safety inspections on Friday.

Snowcat Ridge was temporarily shut down after Pasco County officials revoked their permit on Wednesday.

On Friday, Snowcat Ridge said they addressed the issue reported by Pasco County officials.

"We’ve temporarily removed the use of our shipping containers in the Alpine Village and the rest of the park has been cleared to open on Friday, December 11th at 3 p.m. The safety of our staff and guests are our top priority and with these modifications complete, we are looking forward to welcoming guests back to Snowcat Ridge," Snowcat Ridge said.

"All life safety issues fixed at Snowcat Ridge. There are still other items that need to addressed," Pasco County officials said.

Pasco County Government officials said during several recent site visits, Fire Rescue and Building Construction Services found fire, building, electrical and plumbing violations that pose a significant threat to public health and safety.

On Thursday, Pasco officials said on Nov. 25, they were aware that Snowcat Ridge was operating in "unsafe structures without required permits, inspections or a certificate of occupancy."

Investigators photographed various violations. For example, investigators found extension cords and relocatable power taps in a wet location. Photographs also show extension cords used as a primary power source and violations in the Arctic Igloo.

"Although several permits have been pulled for the project since July, only one permit has been closed to date. The park has not requested any inspections for the other outstanding permits," Pasco officials said.

Snowcat Ridge was not allowed to reopen until life-safety violations were corrected, Pasco officials said.