MiamiHerald / Nearly 300 workers are being laid off from the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach – and they have Hurricane Irma to blame.

The mass layoff of 281 hourly employees – largely servers, cooks and housekeepers – is the second blow Irma has dealt hotel employment in South Florida. Last week, Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key laid off 260 employees after storm damage forced the hotel to shut down until mid- to late-summer 2018.

The 375-room Ritz-Carlton closed Sept. 8 in anticipation of Irma, which hit Sept. 10. The hotel has issued a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notice with the Florida Department of Employment Opportunity Monday. The layoffs will be effective Dec. 8.

We have advised our employees that we will do our best to provide them with alternative job opportunities at other locations of the company in the area.

Sase Gjorsovski, general manager at Ritz-Carlton South Beach

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