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Clearwaters closing in Marshfield forces events to relocate




MARSHFIELD (WAOW)--When the Clearwaters Hotel and Convention Center closed in Marshfield on Friday, guests had to find somewhere else to stay. Those with events scheduled are also having to relocate.

The Central Wisconsin Country Dancers had four events scheduled at Clearwaters. Their first of the year was set for last Saturday.

"This past weekend we were supposed to have one of our country line, partner dances at Clearwaters," said Country Dancers DJ Jeremy Quirt.

Quirt was in charge of booking the event at the Clearwaters. But he says it was his wife who told him the hotel closed.

"She called me at work saying we can't have our dance anymore because they are closing. So we had to kick it into high gear and find a new place," Quirt said.

City officials say the closing could affect tourism and money coming into Marshfield.

"It's a significant number of hotel rooms, 103 rooms, at the facility. Not having those available limits future convention and conferences from giving the city consideration," said Executive Director of the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce Scott Larson.

Leaders with the Country Dancers say Clearwaters made no attempt to contact them.

"It would have been nice if they would have notified us, especially the people that had events lined up for that weekend. That way they could have took the next step and find something sooner than they had planned," Quirt said.

Newsline 9 attempted to contact the hotel owners and their attorneys for comment. Our multiple attempts were not successful.   

City officials say they hope this isn't the end of the hotel.

"We would welcome any efforts to work with the bank and any other individuals that would have an interest in reopening the facility," Larson said.

And as for the Country Dancers, "the show had to go on and we did find another place to hold the dance last Saturday," Quirt said.

While it's not clear what the future holds for Clearwaters, the Marshfield Chamber of Commerce says the hotel closing leaves about 40 people without jobs.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch


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