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Regional tourists give local businesses a holiday boost


By Elizabeth Vowell – email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With oil coming in, it seems tourists are staying out of South Mississippi;  however, some regional neighbors are helping keep things busy this holiday weekend.

"A lot of customers are coming here to support the Gulf Coast; especially everybody here this weekend is absolutely here to support the Gulf Coast. They knew the oil was here, but they still decided to come and have a great vacation," said Cajun RV Park General Manager Jonathon Mikovich.   

For the Biloxi RV park, Fourth of July is usually the busiest holiday of the year, but cancellation after cancellation has left the park running at only 60% capacity. 

"Usually I'd say we book up three months out and usually stay pretty booked until the fourth of July. This year we booked up at the last minute, but we're not full," said Mikovich.

Regulars from Louisiana, Alabama and Florida are keeping business booming.

"It's tourism. You've got to help out the environment. You got to help out the local economy," explained Louisiana native Raymond Giovengo. "Unfortunately it's terrible. it's tragic that this happened, but life goes on. And you got to continue with you're life."    

Fellow camper, Ernest Cantrelle said he and his family have been coming to Biloxi since before Hurricane Katrina. Like the hurricane, the Louisianan said he's not going to let the oil ruin his fun. 

"We don't have to go the beach. We're doing different other things all over," said Cantrelle. 

On the beaches, vendors are open with jet skis and water toys ready to go, despite a smaller crowd. Even though vendors say business is slower, hopes are high for the holiday weekend.   

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