Georgia cashing in on Hurricane Dorian stourmism

Georgia is telling evacuating Floridians that they’ve got hotels and other amenities available, as Hurricane Dorian takes aim at the Sunshine State.
Emily Murray, a spokeswoman for the Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, said the state has launched a website that includes the down-low on hotels and lodging, links to emergency resources and other info about the Peach State for evacuees.

“We’re here to help. Below are resources to help you find hotel and lodging availability, assistance from our Visitor Information Centers and other important emergency resources. If you are concerned about your travel plans for existing reservations, contact your hotel directly,” the website advises.

Murray said in an email that Georgia also has a partnership with Expedia.

Meanwhile, the Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta is offering free admission to Hurricane Dorian evacuees this Labor Day Weekend.

“We understand that being away from home during a storm like this comes with a lot of emotions, including frustration, anxiety, fear, and even boredom,” Molly Deese, Wild Adventure vice president and general manager, said in a release. “We hope that opening our doors to our Florida neighbors this weekend will help provide some moments of relief and fun as they seek shelter.”

The free entrance — available Saturday through Monday — requires proof of residency or a valid ID from a county under voluntary or mandatory evacuation orders, which could be tricky as Florida has yet to order any evacuations as of Friday afternoon.

— By Jim Turner.