FRLA Announces Statewide Oil Spill Claims Briefings and Webinars for Hospitality Industry

September 28, 2010 – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) today announced it will hold 19 statewide briefings in 14 cities across the state in areas that have been impacted by actual and perceived oil along Florida coasts.   Pensacola, Florida will serve as host location to the first meeting being held Monday, October 4, with Port St. Joe completing the tour on Wednesday, October 20, 2010.  Three webinars currently scheduled for October 8, 19 and 26 are available to those unable to attend the briefings.

“Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association members have filed claims through BP and subsequently through the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, with no relief,” said FRLA President and CEO Carol Dover.  “Many of our members are under the false impression they do not have a legitimate claim, when in fact they do.  For this reason, we believe our members need to be fully informed about filing a claim for economic recovery dollars,” continued Dover, who also serves on the Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force and its Economic Impact Assessment Working Group.

The Association is encouraged by GCCF Administrator Ken Feinberg’s remarks at its September 14 annual board meeting in which he stated he is open to reconsider his blanket rejection of claims by hotels and restaurants that had losses despite not having oil on or nearby their property.  Feinberg officially took over the claims process from British Petroleum on August 23, 2010.

Attorneys from Weitz & Luxenberg, Levin Papantonio and Cooney & Conway will give an overview of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility claims process and litigation options to help determine if there is a claim as a result of the BP oil spill. Their presentation will include information about calculating loss, economic modeling they are undertaking for FRLA business losses and how you can become involved. You do not necessarily need to show a loss from last year to be eligible for compensation; any reduction in income you would have earned in this economic recovery year is compensable. And if you don’t have a claim, you will have confirmation that you are not losing out on an opportunity to receive a claim. If you do have a claim, the law firms will assist you in presenting the claim.


10/8/2010 10:00 AM EDT

10/19/2010 2:00 PM EDT

10/26/2010 10:00 AM EDT

Click here for complete briefing schedule, locations, and RSVP information.