3 Florida hotels accused of price-gouging during Hurricane Matthew

Posted at 8:35 AM, Dec 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-23 08:35:36-05

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Three Tampa Bay area hotels have been accused of price gouging during evacuations for Hurricane Matthew.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday in a statement that civil actions have been taken against three hotels in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.

The cases were filed against companies and owners of:

  • Days Inn in Tampa
  • Red Roof Inn in Clearwater
  • Sleep Inn & Suites in Lakeland

Bondi says the hotels charged evacuees anywhere from $140 to $200 more a night than the usual rate.

The Attorney General's Office is seeking civil penalties and restitution to the customers who paid the excessive prices.