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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Steve Arentz, Cartel Values

Steve Arentz’s name has been at the top of the list of the county commissioner candidates the Waterman/Developer Cartel is promoting. He was the only one of their candidates, with opposition, to win in the primary race.

Mr. Arentz is conveying to the voters that his greatest qualification to be a Queen Anne’ County Commissioner is his business experience. He gives this as the main reason they should support him. However, careful, factual examination of public records of his businesses should give the voters genuine apprehension about Arentz.



Mr. Arentz , along with his wife Biana, own and operate Hemingway’s Restaurant and Lola’s Sunset Grill. They also own property at 205 Tackle Circle and have operated establishments there under the names of Chester River Inn, Decoys, Sarah’s and Land & Sea Caterers, LLC. Their health department records reveal frightening facts.

The following is a list of those health inspections, complaints and photos for you to examine:

Click here for 8/18/99 inspection – floor damage, hand sinks blocked or unusable, food kept at improper temperatures, missing thermometers, food uncovered, dirty floors, freezer and refrigerators, reinspected 9/30/99 and only 40% of the problems were corrected, had to be reinspected again 10/29/99, floors still bad.

Click here for the year 2000 inspection - Forced to discard "brown, unlabeled, undated meat". The words filthy, dirty, disrepair occur frequently. Missing thermometers. Previous problems are repeated.

Click here for the 2001 inspection - "filthy" used 4 times, "dirty" used 7 times, "disrepair" 5 times, as well as "need to clean", utensils on the floor, raw meat stored above other foods, inspector demands to know when floor will be repaired.

Click here for the 2002 inspections - more repeats of previous years. Several re-inspections needed.

Click here for the 2003 inspections - same repeated problems. Floor getting worse. Add roaches to the long list of violations.

Click here for the 2004 inspections - Chef is GROSS, add ants to the list of repeated problems.

Click here for the 2006 inspection - Authorities have had enough. Hemingway's forced to close. Employees call in complaints as they are worried about their working conditions. Initial inspection is 12 pages. Uses the word "filthy" 5 times, "needs to clean" 21 times, ant and roach infestation, improperly kept food ordered discarded.

Click here for various customer complaints - These speak for themselves. Given the conditions of the establishment, these are not surprising.

Click here to see Chester River Inn inspections, operated also as Decoys, Sarah's, and Land & Sea Caterers - Very similar problems to Hemingway's only with the addition of rats, inspections show rusty equipment, floors and walls filthy, filthy equipment in disrepair, thermometers missing, food items ordered to be destroyed: crabmeat, chicken wings, eggs, heavy cream, squid, creamers.

Below is one of the photos taken by the State Health inspector at Chester River Inn.  If you want to see more click on the photo (not for the squeamish) 





Restaurant ownership is an enormous responsibility. It is important to ensure that the food provided is consistently fresh and that the environment in the entire establishment is clean and well kept, protecting the health and safety of patrons and employees alike. If you patronized one of Mr. Arentz’s enterprises, you expected a safely prepared meal with fresh, properly kept ingredients. You didn't expect food kept at unsafe temperatures, in dirty refrigeration often in disrepair, and prepared in filthy conditions. Nor did you anticipate that you were patronizing facilities with mold, roach, ant and rat problems.

Steve Arentz’s operation of his businesses show both neglect and disregard for public safety with his repeated health violations. This demonstration of his character could lead to the conclusion that Arentz's belief system endorses the pursuit of the dollar at any price. This just happens to correspond with the philosophy of the Waterman/Developer Cartel.

Fortunately, the Cartel’s belief system doesn’t happen to reflect the values of the citizens of Queen Anne’s County.

We must vote carefully and avoid the remaining “Waterman/Developer Four.

32 comments:

  1. So let me get this straight...Mr. Arentz wants us to trust him to run our county when we apparently cannot even trust him to serve us our nourishment in accordance with health laws not to mention just the common decency of caring about others and their well being? Is that about right?

    Well, I am elated that this site has brought so much of ths "the people HAVE TO KNOW" information to light. Especiallly before we made a HUGE mistake at the polls on Tuesday.

    This guy seems to be the worst of them all when looking at insuring the well-being of the people! You just don't care, do you, Mr. Arentz?

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  2. Makes we wonder if it is safe to drink the beer there. Maybe I should switch to something harder to kill the germs.

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  3. If only the local papers had some investigative reporting. Unless people have a good time and good, reasonably priced (especially these days) meals, they won't be back.

    Hemingways is a GREAT location but I have had to apologize for recommending it as a place to eat. In fact it is something of an on-going joke with a couple friends (hey, I hear Hemingways is having a special....).

    I would love to see successful businesses here. But it seems that a lot of them whine that they have no business - but they don't bother to produce anything worth stopping for.

    People need gas, people need a drugstore - but the more gas stations and drug stores we have won't mean people will buy more gas or more shampoo!

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  4. After reading those reports, I'm disgusted. They are the same violations over and over. This guy knew what was wrong and never did anything to change it. I'll bet a ton of people got sink from eating there over the years. Pathetic!

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  5. Okay, risk our lives and expect our vote? Not a chance Arentz! You guys could do us all a favor when the election is over and publish inspections from other area restaurants. We'd like to know where it is safe to eat! I'm voting for Frank Frohn.

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  6. Really, Really AngrySeptember 13, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    I am so sickened by this. We took our friends there for a birthday celebration and when we went to the ladies room it was quite disgusting. I should have suggested we leave then. From now on before we eat in a place, I'm going to the bathroom. If it's dirty, I'm taking my family and leaving. Hemingways will never get our business again and I will warn all our friends. I just can't understand why someone with so many repeated health violations could be allowed to get a license to run a food establishment. Mr. Arentz, you and your wife should do the noble thing and close your restaurants, give up your real estate licenses and move on. I can't imagine a county with you as a commissioner. You two are supposed to be pillars of the community. Shame on you.

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  7. Robert Foley cannot win the At Large seat, plain and simple. So folks should know, that a vote for Robert Foley is a vote for Steve Arentz. Do not let a Foley vote split the vote! Vote for Frank Frohn, David Dunmyer and Bob Simmons!

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  8. In the Arentz's defense, it has to be hard to run a restaurant. But it does seem that they were given far too many chances. No Hemingway's for us. Where is Tackle Circle?

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  9. In his defense? Are you kidding? What do you think would have happened to the food the inspector made them throw out? It would have been served on someone's plate, maybe yours. Maybe Arentz or his wife fished it out of the trash after the inspector left and used it anyway. I wouldn't put it past them.

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  10. I agree with really really angry. They should take their businesses and leave. May I suggest China? I think rats are a delicacy in some parts of that country.

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  11. This might be the scariest thing I've ever seen. Forget the election, just concentrate on restaurant reporting. This is sooooo important.

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  12. I would have been so ashamed after that first health inspection I would have worked my ass off to make sure I didn't get another one like it. Instead they did nothing. I bet he and his wife never thought this would get out. I'm glad he's running or it never would have. I'm going to register to vote just so I can vote against him.

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  13. Go to the Hemingway's website and read it. Betcha can't do it without swearing or laughing outloud, or both.

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  14. The next time we see Biana and Steve I don't know what I'll say, but everyone should know they are really very nice people. They are wonderful members of the community. You should let them explain their side of things. This is unfair only showing one side.

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  15. Please tell us what the other side could be.

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  16. One side? Are they saying that none of this is true? Wonderful members of the community? What were they doing when their community of customers were being subjected to dangers as a result of their management?

    The answer is maybe he was hanging out with the ineffective Economic Development Commission, which brought no meaningful business to QAC during his time as chairman, secretary and member, and just pushed for the cookoo Wye Mills project for his friends. Unbelievable.....

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  17. Obviously the other side is that there is no reasonable explanation for the filth at Hemingway's. Similar to the courthouse land purchase disgrace, no explanation has been offered, and they're hoping this goes away. I can't comprehend how anyone could vote for this person. The thought of him as a commissioner is horrifying.

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  18. Arentz quote: "As a successful business owner in Queen Anne’s County, I will bring years of business experience and knowledge to the position of Commissioner. I will use this to help assess the county’s current situation."
    Can we assume the "experience and knowledge" you will bring is how to avoid obeying the law and avoid being held accountable? Your health records speak for themselves. Don't claim that you are being "smeared". If citizens in this county become aware of how you endanger their health, you won't be able to buy a vote. You certainly couldn't trade votes for meals at your restaurants.

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  19. One question for Biana and Steve Arentz. About the food the health department made you destroy, you were going to do that anyway right?
    Okay, just one more question, How is serving spoiled food to your customers good business?

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  20. If they have a fundraiser and provide their own food, do you suppose any one would come?

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  21. Cause of death for the rat? Ate the food.

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  22. What about the rats in the buckets?

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  23. Suicide. They were ordered to eat the food.

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  24. The roaches and ants drowned em. Didn't like the competition.

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  25. You guys joke around about it, but what about the people they made sick? This guy is not funny. He's dangerous! I'm an angry Republican who will vote for his Democrat opponent.

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  26. Enough about the restaurant, the rats, the food, etc. Now that we have Mr. Arentz "at large," where do we go from here?

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  27. I find this site to be somewhat full of lies and untrue statements. IF you dont like development so be it. No need to attack on non issues.Its ironic that you dont want ANY new business much less housing. All the state revenue that the county recieves comes from ummmm lets see TAXES RETAIL SALES TAXES. Need businesses to generate the tax Need HOUSES for people to purchase the goods Heck even CHINA knows that. We need development Maybe not like Reston VA,althought Queenstown "shore" could use a sewer upgrade. Needs units for that Need Walmart ofr that Sorry get over it. Cheers

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  28. I challenge you to identify any lie or untrue statement. Everything is documented. Character is a huge issue. Repeatedly violating the law, whether public health laws, lying to police, writing bad checks, or failure to pay child support, is a representation of a candidate’s character. Are you saying that character is a non issue? The reason congress has an eleven percent approval rating with the American people is due in large part to their lack of moral fiber. Perhaps you are in the eleven percent that’s okay with that. That's sad.

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  29. As usual you dont address the issues. Fact is we need development to generate money plain and simple. And yes I take some of your statements to task A newspaper prints it and it becomes fact.It appears to me that this site is typical NIMBY fobia. Again we need rooftops.Cheers

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  30. Which statements do you take to task? Why is it so difficult to be specific? Any one that accepts something as fact just because a newspaper prints it, makes an incorrect assumption. This is why I present documentation. Most people have come to the same character conclusions I have and those who have not, appear to be blinded by their narrow agenda.
    It is not a fact that "we need development to generate money plain and simple" as you state. Please present documentation to confirm what you claim to be fact. Baltimore has tons of development and look at the condition that city is in. Would you want you children to attend their schools? Would you want their crime rate? Would you want to pay their taxes? If unrestricted development is so great, why don't they have low crime and tax rates as well as good schools? Oops, there I go again using facts in the discussion. I can provide mounds of documentation to substantiate my position.
    Sadly, we have quite a few rooftops with no people living under them in this county. It has nothing to do with the lack of massive scale development. We are going through a severe worldwide recession. Have you ever noticed that these large developments bring in their own crews, frequently from out of state? What's wrong with our masons, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc...? If you've been to the job sites, you know why.
    Fobia? No. Reality, yes.

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  31. Wow, what a hit piece web site. Vote in people that have never created a pay check or had employee's, great plan. Why not post his 3rd grade report card. Another of the Dem's work, if you can't win fair then cheat.

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  32. Allow me to summarize what you have said. My article on Mr. Arentz is a hit piece, no one should run for office unless he or she has operated a business that provides employment for others, my writing about Arentz is simply to attack a Republican, and my exposing his health inspection records is “cheating”. Mr. Arentz claims that his business experience is what he brings to the table. How is it cheating to provide clear documentation related to Mr. Arentz’s business practices? Your definition of the article as a “hit piece” would lead me to believe that you don’t view his business methods any more favorably than I do. I agree that it’s a plus to have people running for office that have experience running a business and employing people, but I don’t view it as mandatory. It should be noted that it was Arentz’s employees that reported him to the health department. They also made calls directly to the health department to determine if it really was safe to return to work after the authorities had forced Hemingway’s to close. By the way, I’m a Republican, but I vote the candidate, not the party. You see, it’s not what’s right or left. It’s what’s right or wrong. Mr. Arentz is all wrong!

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