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Florence City Council members order motel to close

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 3:44 PM CDT
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FLORENCE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Florence City Council filed an order to close a local motel on Tuesday.

“The business license of Florence hospitality LLC and the operations of Florence Inns and Suites is hereby revoked,” said City Council President, Dick Jordan.

This hearing comes after a lawsuit was filed against Florence Inn and Suites in July. During the meeting, the Florence Police chief explained he believes there have been “inconsequential cosmetic improvements” made because of the lawsuit.

Over the years FPD says they have received more than 800 calls regarding everything from drugs to robbery and even rape.

The property owner’s lawyer said the problem existed before the current owner bought the property. The chief stated “They have been dealing with that reputation for five years. They are catering to the customer base.”

For surrounding businesses, it’s a hope for less crime in the area.

“Well I am hoping that its going to mean that we’re going to have less problems with some of their customers or patrons over there because we’ve had a lot of problems with people coming on to our property and going back and forth and there’s been a lot of drug activity and other things we don’t want near our business,” said The Sound Shoppe Owner, Darrell Triplett.

But for those who have been staying at the hotel for an extended period time like a travel nurse WAFF’s DeAndria Turner spoke with, she now has to pack up her things and find another place to stay.

“Cause I kept asking them were they going to shut down and everything and they were like no, no. so I never really thought to have another back up plan.”

The business’s lawyer plans to file an appeal.

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