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Sanford businesses brace for influx of customers in town for Zimmerman trial

7:55 AM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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SANFORD, Fla. - Businesses across the central Florida town of Sanford are bracing for what could be a surge of customers.

The George Zimmerman murder trial begins Monday morning, and it is expected to attract people from all over the world.

Businesses as early as Friday were trying to take advantage of the additional foot traffic.

First Coast News spotted on waitress walking around downtown Sanford passing out menus to visitors.

The trial is even having an effect on business in nearby Lake Mary.

Hotels there are hosting members of the national and international news media.

Kimberly Hayden is the general manger at the Homewood Suites off Interstate 4.

She said she expects reservations to increase even more once jury selection is over.

Still, she said she doesn't expect as much business as she said she saw with another huge trial recently.

"Well, I don't think we're seeing anything quite like the volume of things we saw with the Casey Anthony case, although I think once we get into it, we'll see a lot more," she said.

At the same time, some businesses First Coast News visited ahead of the trial are not doing anything special to attract more customers.

They did not want to be identified, but said they can't wait for the trial to be over so Sanford can return to what they called "normal."

First Coast News

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