• Daytona Beach Mayan Inn slapped with $5,000 fine by police


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona Beach police just slapped a busy beachside hotel with a big fine because police said they're being called there way too much.

    The Mayan Inn on Atlantic Avenue is now being forced to pay nearly $5,000.

    Police said they've done it before, but it has been a while and they only do it if things are really bad.

    That is the case at the Mayan Inn, police said.

    Police said crime is on the rise at the hotel and in the past few months they've been continuously called there for fights, disturbances, suspicious incidents, burglaries and thefts.

    Since February, police said they've gotten 10 reports for people breaking into rooms and stealing things, mostly from college kids in town on spring break or vacationing.

    Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood said Thursday if someone is able to get into a room to steal something, they can get in to do something even worse, like sexual assault.

    Chitwood said the hotel needs to get better security.

    Security could be observed Thursday, but the hotels mangers weren't around to share their side of the story.

    Channel 9 will be following up with the people who run the hotel to find out if they plan to pay the fine and how they plan to address the problem.

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