Atlantic City Casino Offers Free Hotel Rooms to People Fleeing Hurricane Florence

The owner of New Jersey's newest casino does things differently than his neighbors on the boardwalk, as well as most other businesses his size on the East Coast. Owner Bruce Deifik announced Wednesday that Ocean Resort Casino will offer free hotel rooms to people fleeing Hurricane Florence.

Deifik was not too specific about who all the offer would apply to but said it would last until the storm has passed. Without drawing exact geographic lines, Deifik said guests who come to take him up on the offer will need to show identification proving they reside in a town in the path of the hurricane.

According to a statement Deifik made to the Associated Press, opening his hotel to keep people safe is just the right thing to do. Deifik said they have plenty of rooms available and will be happy to fill them this week. He said all reasonable requests for shelter will be honored until his hotel is full.

Deifik said he is aware there will be a few people who try to take advantage of his generous offer, but the scammers are not enough to deter him. He is willing to overlook them if it means helping the 95 percent of honest people who need a safe place to stay.

Ocean Resort's hotel offers 1,399 rooms. The path of Hurricane Florence is currently threatening an area of the Carolinas that is home to over 10 million people. North and South Carolina, as well as Georgia and Virginia have all declared states of emergency as they brace for the storm.

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