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Evacuees evicted from hotels for football fans....

 
What a sad world...
09/01/2005 02:40 PM
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Evacuees evicted from hotels for football fans....
So sad - Hotels are evicting evacuees to make room for the incoming football fans who had reservations.

Hotels don´t want to inconvenience the people who want to watch football.

Sad...

FSU-Miami game fans trump refugees
By S.V. Date

Palm Beach Post Capital Bureau

Thursday, September 01, 2005

TALLAHASSEE — First it was Hurricane Katrina chasing them away. Now it´s college football fans.

Hundreds of refugees from Hurricane Katrina are being evicted from Tallahassee hotels to accommodate fans coming to town for the Florida State-Miami game Monday night.


"There is absolutely no compassion here whatsoever," Lynne Bernard wrote on a bulletin board on the Web site of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. "The Hampton Inn in Tallahassee is pretty much throwing us out because of a football game."

A message left for the manager at the Hampton Inn was not returned, but other hoteliers said there was little they could do to help those who fled homes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama because they had to honor long-standing reservations for the football weekend.

At the Courtyard Marriott near the Capitol, evacuees were taking up 15 of the hotel´s 154 rooms on Wednesday. A Quality Inn had several dozen of its 90 rooms occupied by storm refugees.

"This weekend has been booked for a couple of months," said Antwan Hinkle, the Quality Inn´s front desk manager.

Hinkle said people who have planned trips for months would not take it well if they were told just days before the game that the hotel could not provide rooms.

"We´re going to have a whole bunch of angry people," he said.

Christian Heritage Church announced plans to open its doors for as many as 200 refugees for four nights starting Friday, then began referring people to the local chapter of the American Red Cross, which is planning to open shelters for as many as 3,000.

"When Miami fans come in, it pretty much takes over Tallahassee," said Cheryl Everett, a church volunteer. She said the church planned to start serving meals to refugees Wednesday evening.

Katrina´s refugees are not the first to feel the FSU squeeze. Lawmakers brought in for special sessions during the fall know that their prestige means nothing when they compete for hotel rooms with football fans. And if they extend their sessions into May, they know the feeling of getting evicted in favor of parents arriving for graduation ceremonies.
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12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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Well gee, we wouldn´t want to upset the economic balance by refusing paying customers now, would we? DISGUSTING
Kevin L B
12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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You are talking Miami-FSU...
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12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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Maybe our government should step in and pay the bill... and tell the football fans to go home and watch it on tv and show some people what americans can really be like - instead of the scumbags that are showing up now.
ac
12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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All sporting events should be cancelled til everyone is safe and sound in NO,LA,MS
bundy
12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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That happened locally, we have a big opener
tommorow.
The situation is way more complicated than that.
On a football weekend thats slow 30 MILLION will be pumped into the economy.
Our local university solved the problem by taking in the refugees, giving them shelter and even feeding them, putting them up in the rec center.
ALSO the refugees didnt get "forced" out, thats just a sensationalized headline, tabloid style.
These people were told they couldnt stay into football weekend starting out, and most made plans for other accomodationsbeer2beer2
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12/08/2005 10:19 AM
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jeb is speaking told the hotels not to kick out refugees.