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Independence Day economic 'boom' felt in St. Augustine

7:44 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Call it an economic boom. Some in St. Augustine say it's already being felt even before the first person took their seat to watch fourth of July fireworks.

"(The) Fourth of July is the best day of the year, this time of year," said George Cross, owner of The Bunnery Cafe.

He told First Coast News that the cafe expected to bring in $4,000 in lunch and dinner on Thursday alone. That, he said, is about 30 percent more than an average weekday. City of St. Augustine Spokesperson Paul Williamson said they expected 100,000 people to turn out for the evening's fireworks.

Cross admitted, business isn't sweet all year long.

"It is horrible in September and I don't like to lay people off. A lot of times, I don't get paid in September," Cross said. "But you make it up in other months of the year."

A representative of the St. Augustine Beachfront Resort said they were at 100 percent occupancy because of the 4th of July.

Betty Burnett of St. Augustine said she could feel the economy improving on the holiday.

"It helps every body, the economy. Everybody makes a little money. and they have a lot of fun," she said.

First Coast News

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