Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ban on Rooms by the Hour

The Land of the Free regulates the No-Tell-Motel...

Reported by: Kim Fischer

SAN ANTONIO - Getting a room by the hour will soon be a thing of the past here. The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance banning hourly rates at local hotels and motels.

City leaders say they hope this new ordinance will cut back on prostitution. Councilwoman Jennifer Ramos says several areas are in need of this ban.

“One major area was the one in District Three, the Presa Roosevelt area. We have one along Guadalupe street in District Five on the west side and then Councilwoman McNeil in District Two has another hot spot.”

All of the motels will now have to charge couples by the day and not by the hour. The new ordinance will go into effect in ten days. The city is still working on details on what kind of punishment motels would face if they continue to charge hourly rates.

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