Florala’s Spring Break Season Business

By: Mike Gurspan
By: Mike Gurspan

The Easter weekend marks the un-official end of the spring break season along Florida’s Gulf Coast and one small Wiregrass town along the state line has cashed in on the traffic flow.

Cathy Culpepper plans to re-open her coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Florala. The business has been closed for nearly two years following heavy damage from Hurricane Ivan.

Miss. Culpepper still hopes to benefit from the large droves of spring breakers who drive through Florala on their way to Florida beaches.

Ann Sams rents space at a downtown market mall. The young folks have been buying souvenirs and items for friends back home.

A Chicago native who owns businesses in Destin and downtown Florala says the spring breakers is very important to the local economy

Spring break spin off dollars have also been reported by other communities located along north-south routes to the beach.

This year, Bay County tourist officials estimate they've spent nearly one million dollars promoting Panama City Beach as a spring break destination.

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