Session a Super Moneymaker for Capital City

It is prime "turkey club time at Goodies.” The legislative session brings this downtown eatery its peak profits in March and April.

John Henningsen, of Goodies says, "It means we're going to get here earlier and we're going to stay later, but it's good for our business and we need it to survive."

The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce estimates that all the lawmakers, lobbyists and aides in town for session pump an additional $5 million into the local economy from lodging to dining to dry cleaning.

Just ask Jane Greenfield, who picks up and delivers laundry downtown.

Jane says, "Suits, suits and suits; a lot of shirts; a lot of nice looking men's wear this year. Pink is in. It's a lot of fun."

The cash register is ringing down the street at Elinor Doyle Florists which delivers dozens upon dozens of arrangements on session's opening day.

Katie Addington of Elinor Doyle Florist says, "You are overwhelmed for maybe the first day and then things kind of mellow out a little bit, but it's nothing you can't handle for the rest of the two months."

But it's not all coming up roses; these guys are busier during session too. Karen West estimates she'll write 50 or 60 parking tickets a day.

Wayne Harris with the Economic Development Council crunched some numbers for us. This is how he breaks down that $5 million impact: $1.1 million for lodging, about the same for shopping, $800,000 for dining and about a half million each spent on groceries, evening entertainment and sporting events.


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