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Fire victims suffer twice

Posted: August 1, 2016 3:21 p.m.
Updated: August 2, 2016 2:00 a.m.

Let me make sure I understand this: People have to evacuate their homes due to a raging fire. Everything they own might be lost.

Local hotels seize this “opportunity” to charge four or five times the regular rate in order to make a profit on this tragic situation (“Sand fire fills hotels, pushes rates up,” July 27). How sad!

The Signal reports Chuck Nester, president of Brown Nester Hospitality Services, saying a good hotel revenue manager can increase rates with minutes to capture the changing market conditions. Like this is a good thing!

The city can collect a Transient Occupancy Tax, also at the expense of those devastated by a disaster.

The real tragedy of the Sand fire is the greed displayed by our local hotels.



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