Destin Inn Shelter

Hurricane Katrina Evacuees
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A 32-room bed-and-breakfast inn has been spared from the wrecking ball for six months to house Hurricane Katrina evacuees at no charge in this Florida Panhandle resort city.

The Henderson Park Inn was sold in April to a Tennessee company that plans to build a condominium on the site. It never reopened after being slightly damaged by Hurricane Ivan last September.

Rick Olson of Olson and Associates of Northwest Florida says he and his partner are allowing for the building to be used as a shelter for about 150 evacuees.

He adds that they're leasing the property to the city for one dollar and people will sign a monthly lease at no charge. He notes that if they have to charge the evacuees one dollar, that money will be donated.