NC hotel stays open, declares victory over shutdown

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WAYNESVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina hotel on the Blue Ridge Parkway that was forced to close because of the government shutdown will remain open.

Bruce O’Connell, the owner of the Pisgah Inn, told the Asheville Citizen-Times that the U.S. Department of Interior agreed to let him reopen Wednesday in exchange for dropping a legal complaint.

The government owns the building and land, but O’Connell leases it and runs the business.

Park rangers began blocking the inn’s entrances off the parkway Oct. 4. The inn will now stay open until Nov. 1, its normal closing date.

The parkway itself remains open to travelers, but police turned them away from visiting the inn this week.

The 35-year-old business was also forced to close during the government shutdown in the 90s.

The U.S. government shut down on Oct. 1, forcing massive furloughs of workers and suspension of services not excepted by the Antideficiency Act.

Read full story: The Asheville Citizen-Times

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