— Florida’s university system is considering whether to rename its Calistoga Motor Lodge, which is housed in the school’s Tampa campus, to a new campus, according to a report published by the Associated Press.
The new name is likely to be a departure from the original Calistogas Lodge, according the report.
Tampa’s Tammie K. Gossett, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Education, said she could not comment on whether the name change would be made official.
The original name was “Calistoga Motor Lodge” from 1928 until it was changed in 1993.
The resort town’s historic hotel was also called the “Calestoga Motor House.”
Karen O’Neill, a former Tammies senior vice president, told the AP that a “disaster” is possible if the new name “is perceived to be disrespectful or offensive to Native Americans.”
She added that the school is considering changing the name and “will follow up with [the Tampa] community if needed.”
The original name of the Calistogs Lodge was “Cala-Tampa Lodge” after its founder, William Tamm, died in 1898.
Tammes widow, Cissy Tammys, is also a former president of the university system and former chairwoman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
She has said that she would like to see the name changed.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development (DED) has not yet responded to a request for comment.
In January, the university was named a “No Destination” in a survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts that said that more than half of Americans, including two-thirds of Americans over 65, have “no plans to visit” a state or local tourist destination in the next year.