Inn on Blue Ridge Parkway complies with gov't shutdown - FOX Carolina 21

Inn on Blue Ridge Parkway complies with gov't shutdown

Posted: Updated:
The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (File/Associated Press) The Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (File/Associated Press)
WAYNESVILLE, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

The federal government shutdown has resulted in closure orders for those operating facilities on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

And the operator of the Pisgah Inn who initially said he will remain open despite a shutdown order from the National Park Service has said the hotel will now comply.

General manager Rob Miller says he and the owner of the inn decided to stay open after seeing World War II veterans who pushed past barricades to visit their memorial in Washington.

The park service has told those operating concessions along the parkway to close. Parkway Chief Ranger Steve Stinnett says officials in Washington are aware of the plans by Miller and owner Bruce O'Connell. Stinnett says there are discussions about the situation now.

The hotel posted a long statement on their Facebook page regarding the decision to stay open, citing security for security and environmental reasons.

They said it was not a political statement and, "We in no way wish to belittle our President or our Congress. We in no way mean any disrespect to the National Park Service. This is a matter of safety and security for the public as well as protection of the Park environment. Our mission and mandate require us to take this action, and our private funding allows us to do so."

But after staying open for a while, the Inn announced it would comply, posting the following statement on their Facebook page on Thursday:

"Due to the fact that a resolution to the shut down becomes more of a distant promise every day, the Pisgah Inn in cooperation with the National Park Service has decided to cease operations at 6 p.m. this evening Thursday Oct. 3, 2013. We regret the inconvenience and disappointment of our guests but we hope for their understanding."

The government owns the building and the land. O'Connell owns Pisgah Inn, Inc.

Copyright 2013 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Inn on Blue Ridge Parkway complies with gov't shutdownMore>>

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.