• Families left with nowhere to go after Kissimmee hotel abruptly closes

    By: Mike Manzoni

    Updated:

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Dozens of families carried off their belongings from Parkside Hotel in Kissimmee after the business abruptly announced it was closing last week, giving them little time to find another place to stay.

    Robert Henderson moved out of the hotel on U.S. 192 Monday after the utilities were shut off.

    He and his family have stayed at a nearby hotel since then, but they were only able to get a room until Saturday.

    “Tonight’s our last night, and we don’t have anywhere to go,” he said.

    Tenants told Channel 9 that they received a letter last week saying they would have to be out by Monday.

    After WFTV aired the story, though, the deadline to vacate the business was extended until Friday.

    Families, even those with children who had just returned from school, found themselves with no choice but to leave.

    “It’s hard,” one now-former tenant told Channel 9. “It’s real hard.”

    Hotel residents said management did not give them any reason as to why Parkside was closing.

    “None. Zero. Not one single peep about why,” Henderson said.

    Hotel management kicked a WFTV news crew off the property when asked for a comment Monday.

    No one with the business could be reached for comment Friday.

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