Williston to Study Feasibility of Bringing New Hotel to City
Published October 23rd, 2013
WILLISTON -- The city manager of Williston has taken the first step towards attracting a new hotel to the city following the approval of a feasibility study.
In a memo to city council members last week, Williston city manager Scott Lippmann outlined his decision to spend $8,600 dollars on a hotel feasibility study after a developer expressed strong interest in constructing a new hotel in Williston.
Lippmann was able to approve the study without having to gain the approval of the full city council, thanks to a city policy that allows the city manager to commit city funds up to $10,000.
During their regular meeting Tuesday night, most city council members seemed supportive of bringing a new hotel to town, especially when considering the perceived shortage of clean and attractive places for tourists to stay in the city.
"People fly into our airport [and then] they have no place to stay. They have to go to Gainesville or Ocala," said Charles Goodman, city council vice president.
"Williston is looking to move ahead, and I think this is a start," said Williston Mayor Gerald Hethcoat.
Some business owners in Williston also say they support the idea of a new hotel, hoping it could help boost the city's economy.
Williston's mayor says the council must now wait for that feasibility study to be completed before they can take any further action.
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