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Loss of hotel will impact local groups


The loss of a Ville Marie Hotel to a fire last week could not have come at a worse time for the Town of Marystown. 

The Ville Marie Hotel in Marystown went up in flames early Monday morning. Police have determined the fire is 'not suspicious'.

With the work in the offshore industry still going strong, finding a room in the area is challenging in the best of times.

“The rooms are going to be missed. We are going into a really busy summer,” Marystown Mayor Sam Synard told The Southern Gazette. “Work at the Cow Head facility is continuing into the summer.”

With the town’s Come Home Year celebration also this year, the loss of the 23-room hotel may also affect the tourism season.

“When you take that inventory of rooms out of the inventory that’s available it puts a lot more pressure on people trying to find a room,” said Synard.

Others with a much greater purpose are also feeling the loss of the hotel.

Housing and Homelessness Committee co-chair Lisa Slaney

told The Southern Gazette on Tuesday that Bern Farrell, the owner of the former hotel, aided in their work in the past.

“He was a great supporter of our work; he helped us house people temporarily for a night or two, so that is a great loss to our organization,” said Slaney.

She said the loss of the hotel and its service to her group has left her organization wondering how to fill that void.

“Where do we go now?”

colin.farrell@tc.tc

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