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Safe in Dixie! Carolina resort owner has deal for Sandy victims dealing with small apartments, dangerous streets

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Hurricane Sandy-displaced Brooklynites should trade in their tiny homes and dangerous, urban lifestyles for a taste of Southern hospitality, says a South Carolina resort owner who wants to rent out rooms at his place for about $21 a day.

Hans Trupp of Savannah Lakes Resort and Marina in bucolic McCormick County thinks hard-hit boroughites should spend their government-issued recovery money taking it easy at his deluxe, Dixieland resort, where they can play golf for free and reassemble their lives without worrying about getting mugged on the way to the subway.

“Instead of being stuck in some apartment in Brooklyn that’s 400-square-foot, [where you’re] afraid to go out on the street, we’re in the middle 120,000 acres of national park land, and a 71,000 acre lake, and the best golf courses in the country,” said Trupp, who claims his typical rate of $99 a day —$3,069 a month — will be slashed to show off the $11 million he just invested in his resort. “You can be relaxing in South Carolina, while you deal with the disaster in Brooklyn.”

Trupp hopes to lure Brooklynites to his 80-room sports lodge and eight townhouses by renting space for just $650 a month, a fee that will include club membership, Internet access, and — get this — long distance phone calls. He’s so anxious to get Brooklynites down there, he let you in without any down payment.

“If somebody comes down and they’re waiting on their renter’s assistance, we would probably work with them and let them pay us when they get the check,” he said.

Trupp said his paradise has plenty of amenities, boasting of its recreation center and two restaurants, and the fact that it is the home to the annual golf tournament held by Hooters, a nationwide restaurant chain known for its wings and, well, breasts.

But despite all that luxury — or possibly because of it — city officials say Brooklynites won’t benefit by flying the coop to the Palmetto State.

“You’re going to be disengaged from what’s going on here in New York,” said Peter Spencer, a spokesman for the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery. “You might need to fix your home and go to work — we want them to be engaged and be involved in the decision-making process [here].”

Trupp said no one has taken him up on his offer as yet — and Sheepshead Bay parent Liz Brown, a single parent who just moved back into her apartment since whe was displaced by the storm 69 days ago, says things such as work and kids can get in the way of moving to the South.

“It’s a wonderful offer for someone who is not working with children to take them out of their horrible area and go, but for those of us who have to work, there’s no place to go, you have to go back to your rubble everyday,” said Brown.

Savannah Lakes Resort and Marina [101 Village Drive in McCormick, SC, 29835, (864) 391–3477, www.savannahlakes.com].

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

Updated 5:43 pm, January 14, 2013: Story updated because editors are terrible at math.
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Jim from Cobble Hill says:
hmmm... Brooklyn or a state that banned interracial marriage until 1998... wow what a choice. Well at least Carmine Swamp Yankee would feel right at home.
Jan. 14, 2013, 7:43 am
Nick from Bushwick says:
And I have some low lying swampland to sell you cheap too. South Carolina. The only reason to go there is to look for pirate treasure off the coast from the all the hurricanes that region has historically been prey to. Give me a break.
Jan. 14, 2013, 11:44 am
Joe Blow from Bay Ridge says:
The economy in the south has taken a nose dive. And Savannah's crime rate is several times that of NYC's.
Jan. 14, 2013, 12:37 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Jim from Cobble Hill
Sorry to bust your stereotype but the family has been here since before the American Revolution. German & English heritage if you must but with over 300 years in country I don't think it matters much. I have some crayons if you would like to express yourself further
Jan. 14, 2013, 2:02 pm
Say What says:
They are offering Lake Front Lodging to people who just suffered through a hurricane .... in other words, northerners are just plumb dumb.
Jan. 14, 2013, 2:53 pm
ty from pps says:
How, exactly, is $650 per month "less than $3 a day"??
Jan. 14, 2013, 3:06 pm
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
South Carolina?? The most conversative, racist, bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic state in the Union. The State that started the Civil War and has never stopped believing in those "ideals".

Marty Golden would fit right in but why a typical New Yorker would want to live in the Redneck Riveria is beyond me.

Cue the Deliverance banjo!
Jan. 14, 2013, 4:34 pm
t from park slope says:
only if steven colbert is elected governor.
Jan. 15, 2013, 1:04 pm
Ron Cipriano from Philly- Miami Beach - LA says:
Like you scumbags up North are not racists lolo. Full of —— to!! If I remember right in queens back in the late 80's you scumbags had a nice little riot with blacks entering into your neighborhood! Your a bunch if liars!
May 12, 2013, 8:02 pm

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