With its liquor license hanging in the balance, the upscale Miami hotel under fire by the DeSantis administration for allowing children into a lewd Christmastime drag queen show seeks to shift the blame.
It’s all the city’s fault, the hotel says.
“The event in reference was hosted at the city-owned James L. Knight Center, which is a third-party operated venue adjacent to Hyatt Regency Miami,” Amir Blattner, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Miami, said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.
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“All programming and ticketing is managed by the third-party operator. Hyatt’s only role at the James L. Knight Center is to provide food and beverage concessions.”
As The Free Press reported Thursday, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration seeks to yank the hotel’s liquor license after children attended “A Drag Queen Christmas” at the Knight Center on Dec. 27.
According to reports, performers “rubb(ed) prosthetic breasts and genitals on the faces and mouths of attendees, exposed rears, simulated masturbation,” and promoted “graphic depictions of childbirth and/or abortion.”
Blattner told Fox News that the hotel is still reviewing the state’s complaint, and will keep its liquor license in the interim.
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The problem for the hotel, as Fox News reported, is that while the city owns the site, the hotel controls the liquor license and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation warned the Hyatt Regency not to allow children in before the event.
The hotel acknowledged this by updating promotional materials for the drag show, changing the description from “all ages welcome” to “recommended for audiences 18+.”
The hotel has 21 days to request a hearing to plead the case for keeping its liquor license.
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