Skip to comments.Blue Ridge hotel defies Park Service shutdown (Updated @ #27 and #41)
Posted on 10/04/2013 9:29:35 AM PDT by don-o
The Pisgah Inn, a private hotel that holds a concession on the Blue Ridge Parkway, has become a national sensation as it defies "intimidation" and a National Park Service order to close its doors.
After a tumultuous few days, inn owner Bruce O'Connell told The Washington Times on Friday morning that he had just reopened his doors for customers, despite the park service telling him he had to shut down. He says he's essentially private property, on a road that's still open, and uses no government personnel, so he sees no reason to quit operating
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
If the Nazi Parkies invade his business with guns drawn, make sure it’s all on video.
As the days pass, the defiance of Obama edicts is getting greater.
The media is getting more hateful and shrill, but something is happening.
All your hotel are belong to us!
The NPS will probably revoke his concession and start a lawfare fight.
Prime leaf viewing time and this guy said FY to the admin that is trying to cause pain to those that really dont give a crap about a shut down and the poor federal workers that now are getting a taste of what the rest of us hve been swallowing for a longggg time.
Maybe they'll have to send in the US Army troops who are currently being denied access to broadcasts of MLB and NFL games.
At least the IRS can’t “randomly” audit his taxes just now.
But-—Obama said shut down.
He is Pr—King—Monarch—Dick-tator The HMFIC.
No Negotiations—His way or the Highway, and wonders why anyone else would even think of not approving.
He is a man with a
I meant to relate this earlier. Yesterday, I was in the neighborhood, so I stopped by the Social Security office. Had last been there about a month ago to sign up myself and the Missus.
Just like a month ago, the parking lot was almost full. Just like a month ago, the waiting room was about 3/4 full. Just like last month ago, there were about ten clerks assisting clients.
I asked the guard how many were furloughed. He did a great Sgt Schultz for me. I left laughing loudly and proceeded with my business
For Mr. OConnell, the fight is about taking a stand.
If not now, when? If not me, who? he said.”
Always show support folks!
So the blow-back begins.
Usually, the Conservatives don’t do protests and actively thwart the actions of people we disagree with. I mean, most of us have jobs and we need to get back to work, so we don’t have time to get arrested protesting, etc...
However, I think it might be time to start giving these TYRANTS a little of their own medicine!
If you are near a Federal park or museum or some other national treasure, get 20 or more of your fellow, like minded friends and cross the lines! Storm the walls and move the barricades! Do NOT let these petty tyrants have the day. What are they going to do arrest 20, 50, 100+ Americans for walking on public property?
How will THAT play out in court for Obama? Are the Federales going to start shooting tear gas and rubber bullets into unarmed American citizens for visiting a hotel that is on LEASED government property?
Obama and the Socialist Democrats are going to lose, ESPECIALLY if we actually push back! My wife and I talked about this and we are going to a “federal” park this weekend with about 10 friends (they are inviting friends too) and we are going to visit these open air parks and monuments!
It is MORE than time to TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY and OUR GOVERNMENT!
Time for states to call out the state guard to deal with these federal fascist thugs.
Lovely Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway
How close is it to Asheville? I will be in the area next week.
Looks like they may have reversed course...:(
Even better, they shut down the ocean off the coast of Florida. No fooling!
We spent a night of our honeymoon there in 1994. I was pretty sure it was owned by the Park Service. Maybe not. The employees sure acted like Gov. employees.
For various reasons we weren’t impressed.
The setting is gorgeous, right at the base of Mt. Pisgah. Beautiful vistas.
And for birders, it’s in a location that is part of the raptor migration flyway.
I started to say ‘somebody’s going to get shot before this is all over with’, but that happened yesterday. Perhaps I should say ‘somebody else is going to get shot before this is all over with’.
I love people like him, willing to take the pricipled position even if they must do it alone. They are the seeds from which resistance to tyranny grows.
The Pisgah Inn has closed for the duration of the shutdown.
I suspect they were threatened with failure to renew their concession in 2014, swallowed their pride and shut it down.
Asheville Citizen Times has the story.
Hmm..did the NPS close Fort Sumter?
It’s not very far from Asheville. Get on the parkway at Asheville and go about 20 miles West from I-26.
It’s worth the effort.
Several years ago, we stayed in the Inn over the Independence Day weekend. Other than Hurricane Cindy going through it was a wonderful trip. Watching fireworks go off down in the valley and across the land was quite stunning.
When I was a Boy Scout in the early 70s we camped about 1000 feet below the Inn down in the valley. It’s just beautiful country.
“What are they going to do arrest 20, 50, 100+ Americans for walking on public property?”
Just don’t bring your dog. They will shoot it.
The Asheville Citizen Times is no go for FR. But the story IS there.
They set the example for all of us, don’t they?
Yes, and I’m trying to think what better I can do other than to harrass my congressmens’ staffs by phone. I already decided that if Levin’s march for the vets happens, I’m there. Right now, one of the park police or whatever they’re called is trying to flip the script and the focus off the vets (like 90 yo men in wheelchairs after a long road trip) to her, by claiming “mistreatment” by a congressman after an app 30 second non-violent contact. These people are so despicable, I couldn’t hate them more if I tried. Let them keep it up, stirring up hatred in people is a great motivator.
But the Park Service decided to let the Blue Ridge Parkway remain open as a thoroughfare. Why not let the services along the thoroughfare remain open?
I heard 2nd hand that here in Wisconsin, they *shut down* the flyways.
Those darned birds have got to be Tea Partiers, right? Not to mention: just how do you convince the birds not to migrate? (Yeah, I know: they mean shut down to the tourists and birders, but they can just walk along the other side of the road and take the same pictures from State and private property.)
Then they came for the Innkeepers, and there was no one left to speak for them.
Reuters has the story now.
October is the peak season for the area's vibrant fall foliage, and travelers such as Julie Andreacola of Indian Trail, North Carolina, book hotel rooms months in advance.
"The government is taking punitive action on a private business at the peak of their season," said Andreacola, who had weekend reservations at the inn. "It should not be permitted."
So, this is this weasel's opinion.
I would check the deed to the property to see if the government can shut down access to the property and under what circumstances.
The NPS is blocking the entrances to their parking lot.
As you stated we can't link to the Cit-times but here's the URL to the story that can be copied and pasted.
Can you update the title to link #41, please? These folks are standing up their rights!
WOW!!! This thing is crazy. I kind of understand the guy wavering. It IS scary when the men with guns are come at you.
On Hannity now.
On Hannity - he’s open. Park police blocking gates.
I agree, even the comments under the article show a distinct change in attitude. Comments about getting out and about, taking back OUR lands, states rights....
The longer this goes on the more people begin to realize just how much centralized control exists in our country. Think about this...you can't even go to a park without government supervision.
It could turn into quite a mess up there as the word gets out locally if enough people decide to support him by heading up there for a good meal in their very nice restaurant. It wouldn't surprise me in the least...
I wonder if he has a 5th amendment illegal takings argument that he can make.
If this is a private business on a road kept open because it's deemed a "commerce route," then the forced closure of his "commerce" by the feds is a de facto illegal taking of his private property.
I recall the “We Still Pray” from a few years back.