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Rodeway Inn in Orange Park served with legal papers

Town wants to shut down hotel for history of crime problems

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ORANGE PARK, Fla – According to the Rodeway Inn's attorney, the hotel has been served with legal paperwork concerning the town or Orange Park's attempt to force them to close. 

Last month, the town's Nuisance and Abatement Board voted to close the hotel because of ongoing crime issues. The board determined the hotel had not done enough to fix the crime problem after both sides previously agreed on a plan to improve the hotel. The hotel attorney also said the owner is paying $47,000 a month for improvements like the private security the town requested last fall. 

The attorney for Rodeway Inn now says they plan to file a counter suit and sue the town of Orange Park. The hotel maintains the town's Nuisance and Abatement Board has overstepped their legal authority and has harmed their business. 

The hotel is still open, despite the town of Orange Park seeking a court order to shut them down.