|Published:||Sep 07, 2010 8:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 06, 2010 7:29 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - It's been 2 weeks since Ken Feinberg took over the BP claims operation for the gulf oil spill, but some hotels say the response is so bad, if they don't get their money soon they'll have to shut down.
According to a recent poll by Partnership in Orlando, nearly 22% of tourists were less likely to visit southwest Florida beaches for fear of oil.
The Lakeside Inn on Marco Island is 2 weeks away from having to shut its doors after they say they've ran out of money waiting on a BP claim check.
Lakeside managers received an $11,000 check in June to help them get through a tough season, but since the claims operation has been taken over by Gulf Coast Claims Facility, they haven't seen any progress other than the "under review" message on their computer screen.
"Our electric is a little bit past due, our water is due, our payroll is in a week and a half," said Marcia Mandel, general manager of Lakeside Inn.
Original reports show the new process indicating a priority for businesses closest to the disaster, but when WINK cameras went to the claim center's Naples office they were closed.
"September and October are your slow season but we're at a breaking point," said Desiree' Buhelos, owner of the Boathouse Motel.
According to their website "all claims filed before August 23, 2010 have been transferred to the GCCF for ongoing review and determination."