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Memorial Day Storm Hit Florida Tourism

While Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t do a ton of damage it put a dent in the Florida Panhandle’s tourism business because it hit on Memorial Day weekend.

“The timing couldn’t have been worse,” James Miller of the Florida Retail Federation, told WJHG TV.

Jimmy Patronis, the state’s elected chief financial officer, whose family owns a famous Panama City restaurant, Captain Anderson’s, told the TV station that the establishment did about 40 percent of the business over the holiday weekend that it usually does.

Early estimates put the total loss of economic activity caused by Tropical Storm Alberto around the country between $600 and $700 million.


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