Nationally celebrated events such as Bike Week, Speed Week, spring break and the Black College Reunion are the lifeblood of Daytona Beach, Fla., attracting large, boisterous and predominantly young crowds that fill to overflowing the hotels and motels that overlook the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Unfortunately, such events often put the host properties in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" quandary when it comes to guaranteeing the security of their guests, whether they are members of a group primed to party in connection with a major get-together or solo vacationers hoping for a bit of peace and quiet to accompany a typical Florida holiday of sun and surf.

Such considerations go to the heart of a suit filed in federal court by five black guests of the Adam's Mark Daytona Beach Resort, who allege that the hotel discriminated against them during the annual Black College Reunion in April.

The allegations are ugly. Among other charges, the plaintiffs say the hotel insisted that they and other black guests wear bright orange wristband IDs, denied them parking space, insisted upon prepayments and damage deposits, limited their outside visitors and removed artwork and coffeemakers from their rooms.

You only have to put yourself or your clients in a similar situation to appreciate how oppressive -- and demeaning -- such security measures would be.

The hotel, for its part, denies that its actions were racially motivated, maintaining that it simply was exercising prudent, nondiscriminatory crowd control in response to complaints by guests during previous reunions. In fact, the hotel's general manager said that he thought this year's event went smoother than in 1998.

However this unfortunate dispute plays out, the Adam's Mark -- and other hotels in similar situations -- must find ways to ensure the safety and comfort of all its guests without insulting any of them.

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