Fla. hotel sues BP over oil spill claim

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A landmark Tampa Bay area hotel claims BP has failed to pay an oil-spill claim of more than $5 million.

The Don Cesar Resort Hotel on St. Pete Beach filed a lawsuit against BP Exploration and Production Tuesday in Houston, where the oil company is based.

The suit claims BP reneged on an agreement to pay the hotel $5.2 million for lost business after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010. No oil reached the west-central Florida coast, but businesses suffered because of uncertainty over the spill and the false perception that beaches were fouled.

The suit said the hotel accepted BP’s written offer of compensation last fall, but the company has so far failed to pay.

BP officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The suit is the second against BP in the last week. On Friday, a former BP worker sued the company after he claims he was fired claims after alerting federal officials that the company was falsifying data to make the shores look cleaner than they were, according to court records.