DeSantis to remove liquor license from Florida hotel after it hosts drag show with kids present

The Hyatt Regency Miami was also accused of violating Florida statute.

Published: March 16, 2023 12:25pm

Updated: March 16, 2023 2:17pm

Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis is revoking remove the liquor license of a Miami hotel that had association with the James L. Knight Center that hosted a drag show where children were present

The Hyatt Regency Miami reportedly allowed the show despite being warned by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation not to do so.

"Therefore, the department is revoking the venue’s license for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages," the department wrote in a statement. "Sexually explicit content is not appropriate to display to children and doing so violates Florida law. ... Governor DeSantis stands up for the innocence of children in the classroom and throughout Florida."

During the show, performers revealed their prosthetic breasts and genitals, simulated masturbation and showed "graphic depictions of childbirth and/or abortion," according to a complaint filed by the department.

"Perverted versions of popular children’s Christmas songs were also played at the event, including an adaption of "All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," the complaint stated.

The Hyatt Regency Miami was also accused of violating Florida statute.

"Exposing genitals in a lewd or lascivious manner and simulated sexual activity are inconsistent with the prevailing standards in the adult community as a whole with respect to what is suitable material for children under the age of 16," the complaint reads, adding that the hotel violated the statue by allowing the performance to occur. 

Just the News attempted to reach Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation, but has not heard a response.  

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