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Economic Impacts of Space Coast Surf Contest

May 03 2008 | Surf Protection, Surf Economics,
by Chad Nelsen

Photo: Placesaroundflorida.com

With an estimated 100,000 spectators and 200 surfers packed into this resort town for the 44th annual Easter Surf Festival, expect crawling traffic, limited parking and a continuous beach cleanup.

Because it's Easter weekend, beachside hotels also are loaded. "We can attribute a couple thousand rooms to that event," said Rob Varley, executive director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism.

He called $2 million a very conservative estimate of how much the surf festival pumps into the local economy, considering hotel expenses, meals and what day-trippers spend.

Read the Florida Today article....
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