By Sylvia Gonzalez
BIG SPRING - A few days ago, NewsWest 9 told you about the soft opening of Hotel Settles. The historic landmark hotel opened their doors 30 years after closing down. One business owner says the reopening of the hotel is already giving him some headaches.
"They are being told that even parking on the street, that if you don't move your car, you are gonna be towed away," Elias Gamboa, owner of San Franciscan Bar and Grill, said.
The Hotel Settles is the newest attraction in Big Spring and it has people from all over flocking to see the piece of history. However, that is causing a problem, a parking problem to be exact for San Franciscan Bar and Grill, which is located across the street. Gamboa says he's tried to avoid any problems by warning customers not to park anywhere near Hotel Settles.
"We put signs up on the window, people coming in, we would ask them are you parked over there, if so, your car is gonna be towed away," Gamboa said.
According to Gamboa, some of his customers have been towed for parking on the side of the street, which he says is bad for his business. Gamboa claims a security guard for the hotel is calling local towing companies to tow the cars.
"It has affected our business, people don't want to be told that if they park on the street, they're gonna be towed away. I even put that on the marquee, the New Year's Eve party, our San Fran lot and then at the bottom," Gamboa said.
NewsWest 9 contacted Hotel Settles Manager, Juan Rodriguez, and he told NewsWest 9 they would never tow any car regardless of where its parked, especially if the car is parked on the side of the street.
"No ma'am, we don't tow any cars, we don't tow anybody as a matter of fact. People still use our parking lot to park right now, we are not even enforcing the parking in the parking lot because like I said everybody parks there right now," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez says there is plenty of work that still needs to be done at the hotel and any parking issues will be resolved in the near future.
"Once we build our parking lot and we have our parking lot set, we'll have our signs that will say that we will tow people away if they are not guest at the hotel," Rodriguez said.