Lee's Impact on Jackson County Tourism

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Marianna- Besides windy conditions and a few rain showers, Jackson County didn't see much from Tropical Storm Lee. Still, holiday business was down.

Arrowhead Campground owner Patrick Bryan said he was almost booked to capacity before close to 30 people canceled their reservations.

"On a three-day weekend like this, it's about 100 to 125 dollars per person," said Bryan.

Business was also slow at Bear Paw Adventures. The owner said he's had around 100 fewer canoe rentals this weekend. And it was the same story at Blue Springs Recreational Area in Marianna.

"This is the slowest Labor Day I've seen out here, but it's also one of the slowest days I've seen out here," said Blue Springs Lifeguard India Hatcher.

Monday was the last day the swimming hole will be open to the public for several months. Park officials hoped to see as many as two-thousand people in the water, but lifeguards didn't have many swimmers to look after.

"We have less than 50 people in," said Hatcher.

Back at Arrowhead Campground, Rebecca Sanders and her family made the best out of this Labor Day weekend.

"We like to cook out, and we've played some games when it was raining," said Sanders.

As of Monday, Jackson County's Emergency Operations Center had no reports of any structure damage or injuries because of Tropical Storm Lee.

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