ORLANDO — Expect to see more security at resorts, parks, your favorite theme parks, cruise ships as well as holiday condos due to Sunday’s massacre — and this could cost you additional cash — safety specialists say.
However, some businesses expect the tide of the future will be safety enhancements that you don’t notice.
In 2015, Disney World started putting metal detectors in front of four of its theme parks. Universal Orlando started using wand-style metal detectors in an area leading to district and its parks. And SeaWorld Orlando also began using sensors that were wand-style.
“We have been blessed and never had an issue park attack and hopefully that never occurs,” explained Rick Munarriz, a senior analyst with The Motley Fool. “If updates are happening, they will pass the costs down and I think people will know and cover more as just the purchase price of security.”
Head of this Ohio-based International Theme Park Services consultants, Dennis Speigel, anticipates hotels and resorts to put greater emphasis on spotting behavior and alerting authorities.
“The average Joe coming to the park wishes to have a good time and be safe, and he wants his family to be secure,” Speigel said. “If it takes a little additional screening and wanding or another security measures, he does not care because of the carnage we have experienced.”
The telephone didn’t happen Sunday. It occurred Sept. 11, 2001, in part because government officials worried about Kennedy Space Center, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the Space Coast following the first foreign strikes on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor.
Yet all of Central Florida is vulnerable since it’s as much of a playground for families as Las Vegas is a playground for adults.
In addition to Orlando-area theme parks, the Atlantic Coast includes Port Canaveral, No. 2 in the country in the amount of passengers that come for cruises; and Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where over 1.5 million people gather every year to learn more about the space system. The Tampa Bay area has the Salvador Dalí Museum, the Ybor City community with cigar shops and restaurants, bars as well as Busch Gardens theme park.
Concertgoers have near a dozen music festivals to select from throughout the year from the Atlantic to Gulf coasts.
“We’ve been ramping up security more and more,” explained Gary McCann, executive producer of the Runaway Country Music Fest. “It’s something we review each year.”
The three-day outdoor country music concert will probably possess its own eighth run March 23 to 25 in Kissimmee, Fla., and generally attracts 12,000 to 15,000 people.
At his festival, concertgoers traveling through metal detectors are scanned and have their bags. Plus plainclothes security guards patrol and movie cameras are on continuous surveillance.
“This kind of evil, I don’t think there is a way to stop all of it,” McCann said of this vegas shooter who put up in a hotel across the street from the Route 91 Harvest Festival. “Every venue around the globe” likely now is reviewing its safety strategies.
Hotels that are contemplating increased safety have to walk a fine line, ” said Jerry Trachtman of Melbourne, Fla., a founding member along with a publisher of Living Safer magazine.
A search of guests’ bag, something similar to what’s done in Israel, might have found the weapons cache of Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. But some lodgers would observe such searches as invasions of privacy as the terror of Sunday gets more distant.
“I don’t believe the hotels want to be seen as intrusive and lose business,” Trachtman said.
Orlando-based Westgate Resorts announced earlier this year that it introduced a new concealed weapons detection program at its Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, a nearly 3,000-room resort with a convention and casino centre just.
The company also hopes to deploy systems Westgate Resorts chief operating officer, in places across the country, Mark Waltrip. In Florida, it’s 9,000 units, mostly timeshares that are condo-style.
The programmer of the machine, Patriot One Technologies, explains it as a “an effective tool to fight active-shooter threats before they happen.” It may be set up in halls and doorways alert security and to identify weapons.
Individuals who attend concerts or football games perhaps go to the movies — are becoming more aware of their “what-ifs.” They’re more likely to be planning their exit strategy in case somebody starts.
“It is just a commentary on the way things are right now,” Trachtman explained. “It’s terrible that we have to live in a world that we must do this. But the public should be conscious. As Bob Dylan once said: ‘The times, they are a-changin.’ “