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There’s been a lot of Facebook discussion lately (a sample) about The Morning Paper’s method of presenting restaurant health inspection information, so we wanted to point out an alternative presentation.

Check out Polk County restaurant health inspections in a searchable statewide database published by, the website for the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper.

The Polk landing page starts with the nine restaurants that passed inspection with no violations in the last 30 days. Next are the 64 that didn’t pass on the first try.

A click on any restaurant name shows you the restaurant’s inspection history, including links that let you dig into specific violations, their severity and what was done to correct them.

Consumers can use the search box to look up any restaurant in Florida to check for safety concerns.

The database was programmed by Yoonserk Pyun, a data journalist who previously built a similar application for that is no longer available.



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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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  1. Thanks Barry. Sad Ledger has no logical policy for publishing restaurant inspections. Apparently online only which is a big disservice to print subscribers who pay extra for print. Why support print if it’s depriving readers of info available only online? Pitiful.

  2. Can someone please explain who or what the “The Morning Paper” is? How can I find their article that has caused so much consternation? Thanks.

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