The Fawlty Towers Motel in Cocoa Beach, Florida has made a decision in a last-ditch effort to save its business by going all-nude, hoping it will attract nudists to their 32-room beach front property.
Paul Hodge, the property owner, tells the Florida Today is trying to compete with bigger chain hotels that have built up around him.
Knowing the controversy that will be raised by local residents in the area, Hodge’s said it was a tough decision to make, and once he did make the choice to go clothing optional, he still had to convince his skeptical wife.
One concerned resident expressed her unhappiness over Hodge’s business decision to local news station WFTV.
“Young people surf on that beach,” a local woman complained. “What kind of a message is that sending them? It’s inappropriate.”
Either way, after hiring a lawyer to find out that there were no state or local laws preventing him from running the nude motel, Hodge’s is taking his shot saying, “It’s sort of a make-or-break situation.”
He adds, “We can’t pay ourselves in winter. We had to scrap health insurance. Every year it gets a little bit worse.”
Hodges was advised that he may need to file for some new permits, and he must notify guests that they could be arrested for indecent exposure if they appear outdoors, but it’s safe for him because he doesn’t plan to remove his clothes at work.
However, he does hope that his bartenders will go topless when their first nude guests arrive.