Food grease spill outside Lake Worth Mulligan’s in attorneys’ hands

A food grease spill overflowed outside Mulligan's Beach House Sunday afternoon, causing a sizable amount of grease to spill onto A1A, (Contributed)

A food grease spill overflowed outside Mulligan’s Beach House Feb. 19, causing a sizable amount of grease to spill onto A1A, (Contributed)

LAKE WORTH —  The food grease spill that happened outside Mulligan’s Beach House Feb. 19 may be over, but the legal issues aren’t.

The city hasn’t issued any new updates since Ben Kerr, a city spokesman, said in a statement Feb. 21 that an investigation was ongoing and that the city hadn’t determined who will pay for the clean-up.

At the city’s solar energy project ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Kerr told The Palm Beach Post the matter is in the hands of the attorneys — the city’s and Mulligan’s.

A sizable amount of food grease spilled onto A1A from an outlet pipe that was connected to a grease tank trap at Mulligan’s on 10 S. Ocean Boulevard, the city said.

The sewer outflow pipe was clogged with grease due to improper maintenance, the city said in last week’s statement.

City Manager Michael Bornstein has said the city has the ability to charge Mulligan’s for clean-up costs.

George Hart, Mulligan’s owner, told The Palm Beach Post the city is partially to blame, noting the city shares a grease trap with Mulligan’s.

Hart said he would be wiling to share costs with the city.

In an email to The Palm Beach Post last week, Mary Hoertz, Mulligan’s vice president, said the restaurant would no lnoger discuss the matter.

While Mulligan’s has said its lease stipulates the city is for responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining grease traps, the city countered by saying it’s Mulligan’s responsibility.

The city cited chapter 14 of the city’s Utilities and Policies and Procedures manual, which it said states that commercial and industrial facilities must demonstrate monthly maintenance on grease traps to remove fats, oils and greases as a condition of their annual Fat, Oil and Grease permit.