LAKE WORTH — The heavy duty pressure cleaning company the city brought in to clean up the messy food grease spill outside Mulligan’s Beach House wasn’t able to do the job, the city said.
“They couldn’t do what we were looking for and can’t fix the issue,” said Juan Ruiz, the city’s assistant city manager. “We’ll reach out to a different company that specializes in hazardous cleaning.”
Ruiz said the city hopes to identify that company in the next day, or so.
On Sunday afternoon, a sizeable amount of grease spilled onto A1A from an outlet pipe that was connected to a grease tank trap at Mulligan’s on 10 S. Ocean Boulevard, Ruiz said.
It appears as if clogging in the pipe caused the accident, he added.
“The grease trap itself wasn’t the issue,” Ruiz said. “Because of the blockage, the water pushed the grease up.”
City crews were immediately dispatched to help clean up the area. Traffic was diverted for about four hours.
The restaurant wasn’t forced to close, according to George Hart, Mulligan’s owner.
Dominique Whitaker, a Mulligan’s server, said the spill had no impact on the restaurant.
“We were just really mad we had to park so far away and walk,” she said. “It was still really busy.”
Ruiz said the city still has no idea how much the clean up will cost.
“We don’t want to throw out a preliminary number because there are a lot of moving parts,” he said.
City Manager Michael Bornstein told The Palm Beach Post Monday that Mulligan’s is contractually obligated to keep its grease traps clean and that the city could charge the restaurant for the costs it has incurred.
That decision has not been made, Ruiz said.
The city is expected to relaase more information later today.