Last week, Orlando Weekly reported allegations made in an anonymous letter of poor working conditions inside the new Holy Land Experience theme park.
As promised, Holy Land officials have responded.
"Ninety percent of that stuff," says spokesman Ryan Julison, "is completely baseless and false." In a written statement, Holy Land denied each of the 18 allegation made in the letter, declaring that -- contrary to the author's comments -- it does provide adequate food, water, parking and break time to its 140 workers.
"As a matter of fact," says Holy Land's director of operations, David Rosenthal, "the employees that I talked to, I think they are thrilled with what's going on."
Any problems, he says, may have stemmed from the unexpectedly strong response from visitors to Holy Land after the 15-acre, $16 million attraction opened last month. Holy Land is affiliated with Zion's Hope, a ministry that aims to convert Jews to Christianity.
Quite simply, management understaffed -- and since it requires its workers to be of "like-faith," it had to scour churches and ministries to fill its gaps.
"It seems to us," Julison says, "the person that put this [letter] together has never visited the park. They must have been operating on hearsay."