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HOTEL PAYS FOR ROOM OF GUESTS IT INSULTED … 

The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida has reportedly reimbursed a Tea Party protester who was forbidden from displaying his flag at the facility last weekend.

William Temple – a former employee of the U.S. Secret Service and officer in the U.S. Air Force – was prohibited from displaying his Gadsden Flag (the famous yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” banner) during an exclusive gathering of liberal “Republican” lawmakers at the swanky Florida resort.

The event – which featured GOP majority leader Eric Cantor and majority whip Kevin McCarthy – drew outrage from limited government supporters.

“The Ritz-Carlton is reimbursing me for the entire $619.63 for the room I used on April 12,” Temple wrote on his Facebook page. “I contacted their hotel manager and told him that I was outraged at the violation of my first amendment rights, expected a complete and formal written apology from the hotel, and complete repayment of the expenses incurred as restitution! He notified me that the hotel would comply.”

Hotel officials – who have refused to answer some of the most basic questions about their facility as it relates to hosting this event – declined to confirm Temple’s account.

“I am unable to discuss details of transactions we have made with anyone,” said Allison Sitch, Ritz-Carlton’s vice president of global public relations.

Hmmmm-kay.

Of course it is worth noting that Temple posted his message regarding the reimbursement right around the time our website sent an email to Ritz-Carlton’s corporate public relations office raising questions about a “paying guest at your hotel who identified himself as a member of the Tea Party (who) was not permitted to wear a specific piece of fabric around his shoulders on the premises.”

FITS founding editor Will Folks – the only reporter who attended the gathering – took video of the exchange between Temple and hotel security. That clip will be included as part of a sprawling feature on the retreat that he is preparing for national publication later this week.

Needless to say, it’s gonna be one helluva read.

Stay tuned …