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Despite the dirty beaches, health issues, and lawsuits resulting from the Gulf oil spill last year, overall tourism increased in Florida by 2%, reports the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The rise follows a two-year drop in visitors of nearly 4%.
Visit Florida, the state’s tourism bureau, estimates that a total of 82.6 million visitors traveled to Florida in 2010. Visitors spend $60 billion annually in Florida and generate 22% of the state’s total sales tax revenue. The tourism industry provides about one million jobs in Florida.
All this can give rise to Resort Torts – cases of civil liability for negligent or criminal in a resort, vacation or recreational setting. Resort Torts can encompass a vast array of types of cases but they all have one thing in common: tourists, business travelers and locals alike are all exposed to risk while traveling, vacationing or engaging in resort or pleasure activities.
When there’s trouble in paradise…What are you liable for, as a business owner?
Today’s law says that the duty of premises owners and operators is to keep their premises safe and free from obstructions or dangers. Timely and clear notice of any danger that could be unknown to the “invitee,” must be clearly displayed. The law also provides that owners/operators of hotels, resort, or amusement parks are generally liable for the acts of their employees and respective agents.
Negligent security cases involving hotels, resorts and amusement and theme parks typically involve criminal assaults, such as robberies and sexual assaults. The law governing negligent security cases is largely a derivative of general premises liability law. The one who possesses the property is responsible for the care to the public. They must protect them from reasonably foreseeable intentional acts of third parties. Owners are obligated to provide adequate warning or protection.