|Published:||Nov 14, 2010 5:15 AM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 13, 2010 10:36 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Gas is still cut off to hundreds of businesses in Lee and Collier County. Many restaurants and hotels are weathering thousands of dollars worth of lost revenue in the aftermath of the gas explosion.
"Basically, we're at a standstill," Hampton Inn General Manager Jeff Webb said.
Business is not as usual at the Hampton Inn on Colonial. They're without gas, and have been for two days. It's costing the hotel close to $9,000 in cancellations.
"You can't replace that. Hotel business is probably one of the most perishable industries in the world because you can never sell that room again," Webb said Saturday.
A hot shower at the Hampton Inn hasn't been an option ever since the gas was shut off. They're now slashing weekend rates up to 50%, and doing anything to keep guests from walking out the door.
"Free movies, free pay-per-view movies, all the bottled water they need, free baked cookies around the clock," Webb said.
Gas-powered laundry service is causing another headache. The hotel is using an unexpected source- the competition- to keep linens clean. The Holiday Inn Express at The Forum is all-electric, and unaffected by the gas outage.
"I want every guest that comes into the area, whether they stay with my hotel or another hotel to have a great experience. Unfortunately, this incident has hurt some of our economy right now, so whatever I can do to help the competition will help me," Holiday Inn Express General Manager Sean Archer said Saturday.
While over 200 TECO workers try to restore service to businesses, folks over at the Hampton Inn are managing to take it all in stride.
"I've been in the business 24 years. I've been through Hurricane Andrew, all the way up. So I guess it's just another feather in my cap," Webb said.
Gas is now back on at some businesses in Lee and Collier counties, but there is no definite timeline for when all service will be restored.
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