Orlando-area locations not affected by new fee

John Ambrogne

Feb 25 2014

Health Care Surcharge


Customers of some Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Central Florida are now being charged more to cover worker health care costs.

A 1 percent surcharge had been added to checks at Gator’s Dockside restaurants in Clermont, Eustis, The Villages and Lakeland, informing customers that the cost will cover health insurance that the owners will be required to provide for employees under the Affordable Care Act.

The participating restaurants say without the extra income, they would be forced to cut employee hours.

Gator’s Dockside has around 500 employees with locations in Central Florida and in the Jacksonville area. The chain began rolling out the extra charge earlier this month and has posted signs warning customers about the change

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