Hotel's Won't be Filling Up in Dothan

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

With Hurricane Katrina, hotels across the circle city were tight on vacancies.

In fact, they were so tight that those who had reservations not related to Hurricane Katrina were encouraged to give them away, but now, that's not the case.

Dothan Convention and Visitors Bereau Director Bob Hendrix says, "This Hurricane is in extreme South Florida and is not affecting the Panhandle and most of our evacuees do come out of the Panhandle area and the upper west coast of Florida"

At Econo Lodge on Ross Clark Circle General Manager Sunil Patel says some Wilma room reservations have been cancelled.

He says, "We had a few people that booked a few days before the hurricane, we had like four or five rooms that were booked, but they cancelled or did not show up.”

Brave? Maybe.

Reports have stated that Hurricane Wilma would be a five, then those numbers were downgraded, which caused some Florida residents to stay put.

However, the countless stories of wind blown destruction, flood damage, and at last count six deaths, has encouraged a few to get as far away from the storm as possible.

Two families are staying at Adams Inn on Montgomery Highway. Adams' Inn Desk Clerk Phyliss Hale says, "They came to Dothan because they stopped throughout the years, the lady and her mother stopped here because of the rates.”

Theres one month left until hurricane season ends.

The president has already declared Florida a major disaster area, triggering federal dollars and supplies for Hurricane Wilma’s victims.

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