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    Resort Communities Feel Devastating Financial Effect Of The Coronavirus Pandemic | NBC Nightly News

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    TO GREAT LENGTHS TO BRING BACK THEIR GUESTS AND KEEP THEIR BRING BACK THEIR GUESTS AND KEEP THEIR CITIES AFLOAT GUESTS AND KEEP THEIR CITIES AFLOAT

    KEVIN TIBBLES HAS THE CITIES AFLOAT KEVIN TIBBLES HAS THE STORY KEVIN TIBBLES HAS THE STORY >> Reporter: FOR MORE STORY >> Reporter: FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, THE >> Reporter: FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, THE STUNNING BEAUTY OF THAN A CENTURY, THE STUNNING BEAUTY OF MACINAC ISLAND, STUNNING BEAUTY OF MACINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN, HAS BEEN A MACINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN, HAS BEEN A DRAW FOR TOURISTS FROM MICHIGAN, HAS BEEN A DRAW FOR TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

    DRAW FOR TOURISTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD >> I’VE BEEN HERE ALL OVER THE WORLD >> I’VE BEEN HERE PROBABLY A HUNDRED >> I’VE BEEN HERE PROBABLY A HUNDRED TIMES PROBABLY A HUNDRED TIMES >> Reporter: SO WHEN TIMES

    >> Reporter: SO WHEN COVID HIT THE US — >> Reporter: SO WHEN COVID HIT THE US — >> WE’VE ONLY BEEN COVID HIT THE U

    S — >> WE’VE ONLY BEEN OPEN A WEEK >> WE’VE ONLY BEEN OPEN A WEEK >> Reporter: MAYOR OPEN A WEEK >> Reporter: MAYOR MARGARET DOWD KNEW >> Reporter: MAYOR MARGARET DOWD KNEW THEY HAD TO TAKE MARGARET DOWD KNEW THEY HAD TO TAKE EXTREME MEASURES TO THEY HAD TO TAKE EXTREME MEASURES TO SAVE THE BUSY SUMMER EXTREME MEASURES TO SAVE THE BUSY SUMMER SEASON

    SAVE THE BUSY SUMMER SEASON >> OUR TAX DOLLARS ALL SEASON >> OUR TAX DOLLARS ALL DEPEND ON TOURISM AND >> OUR TAX DOLLARS ALL DEPEND ON TOURISM AND THE BUSINESS INDUSTRY DEPEND ON TOURISM AND THE BUSINESS INDUSTRY >> Reporter: LIKE MOST THE BUSINESS INDUSTRY

    >> Reporter: LIKE MOST RESORT TOWNS VISITORS >> Reporter: LIKE MOST RESORT TOWNS VISITORS ARE THIS AREA’S RESORT TOWNS VISITORS ARE THIS AREA’S LIFEBLOOD AND THE ARE THIS AREA’S LIFEBLOOD AND THE MONEY THEY SPEND, LIFEBLOOD AND THE MONEY THEY SPEND, VITAL FOR FINANCING MONEY THEY SPEND, VITAL FOR FINANCING ITS PUBLIC WORKS VITAL FOR FINANCING ITS PUBLIC WORKS HERE HELPING FUND THE ITS PUBLIC WORKS HERE HELPING FUND THE ISLAND’S POLICE AND HERE HELPING FUND THE ISLAND’S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ITS ISLAND’S POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ITS LIBRARY AND HEALTH FIRE DEPARTMENTS, ITS LIBRARY AND HEALTH CENTER, EVEN THE LIBRARY AND HEALTH CENTER, EVEN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CENTER, EVEN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL

    >> IF WE HAVE A PUBLIC SCHOOL >> IF WE HAVE A HEALTHY SOCIETY, WE’LL >> IF WE HAVE A HEALTHY SOCIETY, WE’LL HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY HEALTHY SOCIETY, WE’LL HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY IF WE DON’T HAVE A HAVE A GOOD ECONOMY IF WE DON’T HAVE A HEALTHY SOCIETY, THE IF WE DON’T HAVE A HEALTHY SOCIETY, THE ECONOMY ISN’T GOING TO HEALTHY SOCIETY, THE ECONOMY ISN’T GOING TO BE ANY GOOD ANYWAY

    ECONOMY ISN’T GOING TO BE ANY GOOD ANYWAY >> Reporter: THOUGH BE ANY GOOD ANYWAY >> Reporter: THOUGH THEY ARE LOSING MONEY, >> Reporter: THOUGH THEY ARE LOSING MONEY, MACINAC BUSINESSES ARE THEY ARE LOSING MONEY, MACINAC BUSINESSES ARE STILL SPENDING ON NEW MACINAC BUSINESSES ARE STILL SPENDING ON NEW SAFETY FEATURES LIKE STILL SPENDING ON NEW SAFETY FEATURES LIKE HIGH TECH DISINFECTING SAFETY FEATURES LIKE HIGH TECH DISINFECTING FOGGERS HIGH TECH DISINFECTING FOGGERS MEASURES DESIGNED TO FOGGERS

    MEASURES DESIGNED TO GIVE TOURISTS PEACE OF MEASURES DESIGNED TO GIVE TOURISTS PEACE OF MIND GIVE TOURISTS PEACE OF MIND FOR CHRIS SHEPLER’S MIND FOR CHRIS SHEPLER’S THIRD GENERATION FERRY FOR CHRIS SHEPLER’S THIRD GENERATION FERRY BUSINESS IT IS A FIGHT THIRD GENERATION FERRY BUSINESS IT IS A FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL BUSINESS IT IS A FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

    >> I JUST THINK OF US FOR SURVIVAL >> I JUST THINK OF US DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT >> I JUST THINK OF US DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT AND MY FEAR IS DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT AND MY FEAR IS FAILURE AND MY FEAR IS FAILURE >> Reporter: EVEN THE FAILURE >> Reporter: EVEN THE AGE OLD >> Reporter: EVEN THE AGE OLD HORSE-AND-CARRIAGE AGE OLD HORSE-AND-CARRIAGE TRADE HAS HAD A HORSE-AND-CARRIAGE TRADE HAS HAD A FACE-LIFT

    TRADE HAS HAD A FACE-LIFT FACE MASKS REQUIRED FACE-LIFT FACE MASKS REQUIRED PARTITIONS BETWEEN THE FACE MASKS REQUIRED

    PARTITIONS BETWEEN THE SEATS PARTITIONS BETWEEN THE SEATS >>> ALSO ADDING SAFETY SEATS >>> ALSO ADDING SAFETY MEASURES THE LEGENDARY >>> ALSO ADDING SAFETY MEASURES THE LEGENDARY GRAND HOTEL MEASURES THE LEGENDARY GRAND HOTEL

    >> WE’VE CLUSTERED THE GRAND HOTEL >> WE’VE CLUSTERED THE SEATS IN A WAY THEY’RE >> WE’VE CLUSTERED THE SEATS IN A WAY THEY’RE 6 FEET SEPARATED SEATS IN A WAY THEY’RE 6 FEET SEPARATED OUR MAIN DINING 6 FEET SEPARATED OUR MAIN DINING CAPACITY WENT FROM 850 OUR MAIN DINING CAPACITY WENT FROM 850 TO A LITTLE OVER 400

    CAPACITY WENT FROM 850 TO A LITTLE OVER 400 A RULE FOR THE STATE TO A LITTLE OVER 400 A RULE FOR THE STATE IS HALF CAPACITY FOR A RULE FOR THE STATE IS HALF CAPACITY FOR RESTAURANTS IS HALF CAPACITY FOR RESTAURANTS >> Reporter: FOR RESTAURANTS

    >> Reporter: FOR MACINAC AND OTHER >> Reporter: FOR MACINAC AND OTHER VACATION VENUES THE MACINAC AND OTHER VACATION VENUES THE REDUCTION IN REVENUE VACATION VENUES THE REDUCTION IN REVENUE LASTING LONG AFTER REDUCTION IN REVENUE LASTING LONG AFTER SUMMER IS OVER LASTING LONG AFTER SUMMER IS OVER AT THE WISCONSIN DELLS SUMMER IS OVER AT THE WISCONSIN DELLS THE WATER PARK CAPITAL AT THE WISCONSIN DELLS THE WATER PARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, HALF THE THE WATER PARK CAPITAL OF THE WORLD, HALF THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS AT OF THE WORLD, HALF THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS AT SOME ATTRACTIONS IS NUMBER OF TOURISTS AT SOME ATTRACTIONS IS ALREADY IMPACTING THE SOME ATTRACTIONS IS ALREADY IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY ALREADY IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY

    FEWER TAX DOLLARS MEAN COMMUNITY FEWER TAX DOLLARS MEAN RESOURCES LIKE NEW FEWER TAX DOLLARS MEAN RESOURCES LIKE NEW POLICE CARS, A STORM RESOURCES LIKE NEW POLICE CARS, A STORM SHELTER GENERATOR, AND POLICE CARS, A STORM SHELTER GENERATOR, AND PUBLIC POOL EQUIPMENT SHELTER GENERATOR, AND PUBLIC POOL EQUIPMENT ARE NOW ON HOLD PUBLIC POOL EQUIPMENT ARE NOW ON HOLD THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND ARE NOW ON HOLD THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN RESORT TOWNS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN RESORT TOWNS NATIONWIDE THEY ARE IN RESORT TOWNS NATIONWIDE THEY ARE DEPENDING ON GOOD NATIONWIDE THEY ARE DEPENDING ON GOOD WEATHER AND GOOD LUCK DEPENDING ON GOOD WEATHER AND GOOD LUCK HOPING FOR THE CHANCE WEATHER AND GOOD LUCK HOPING FOR THE CHANCE TO CELEBRATE ANOTHER

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