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Inn's Closing Causes Weddings Problems

Posted January 15, 2001 6:00 a.m. EST

— Several area brides are scrambling to find another place to start their married life.

The owners of the Plantation Inn areauctioning offeverything inside the Inn. They plan to tear down the historic hotel and sell the land.

Carol Sass and Calvin Mandelbaum paid $1,000 to reserve the Plantation Inn for their September wedding. The problem is the Inn closed December 31.

The couple found another place to get married, but want their money back from the couple that leased the Inn and booked weddings.

In all, 30 brides-to-be say they paid their money, only to find out the Inn was closing.

The Inn's operator, Jeff Blackstone, says the owner, Bobby Murray, gave him only one month's notice that he was selling the hotel and razing it.

Murray says he gave 15 months notice that he would not renew the lease. He says the couple running the Inn should not have taken money from people.

Blackstone says he understands the couples' concerns about the money.

"I'm going to take care of it," he says. So far, he has refunded one bride's deposit.

Some couples whose weddings were canceled say they are considering going to court to get their money back.