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Question: For three years, Patterson operated a small


For three years, Patterson operated a small restaurant and enjoyed a growing business. His customers were pleased with the food and service. One day an inspector from the city’s board of health visited the restaurant to inspect the sanitary conditions in the kitchen. The inspector informed Patterson that he would have to install a tile floor to replace the wooden one in the kitchen because the wooden floor permitted the growth of disease-carrying insects and was, therefore, a health hazard.
a. Does the board of health have the authority to force Patterson to make the alteration?
b. Can Patterson appeal the order to a regular court with jurisdiction in the city?
c. Can the board of health close the restaurant if Patterson refuses to comply with the order?
d. Does it appear that the board of health is acting in the interest of the people of the community?

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