New alliance looks to make Jacksonville hotels safer

There’s a new initiative to make hotels in Jacksonville safer.

City Councilman Danny Becton has been instrumental in getting the ball rolling, and he says the Tourism Industry and Public Safety Alliance is the result of more than a year’s worth of work.

“TIPSA will operate as an exclusive network that will work on the basis of if you see something say something,” Becton says.

The alliance will have three components.

Organizers plan to implement basic standard across all hotels. They’ll improve communication and access to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Lastly, participating hotels will join a WhatsApp thread to communication between each other and police.

So far 30 hotels around Jacksonville have signed up with the number continuing to climb, and Becton says they’re also keeping an eye on the hotels that aren’t involved yet.

“We’re going to put pressure on them right now to participate and not be part of the problem,” Becton says.

Some of the changes are as simple as checking guest IDs and standardizing payment procedures for everyone involved.

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