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Updated: 04/09/2014 09:02:02AM

Local economy: more visitors, more spending, more jobs

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PHOTO BY ROGER BUTTON

Roughly 72,000 visitors spent an estimated $86 million in Sarasota County, and many people thought they were all in Venice during the season judging by the crowds that visited downtown.

By ROGER BUTTON

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It has been a fantastic season for tourism in Sarasota County, with more than 72,000 visitors, a 7.8 percent increase compared to last year. Those visitors accounted for direct expenditures of more than $86 million, a 12.3 percent increase over last year.

Sarasota County Commissioner Christine Robinson shared this good news when speaking to Venice-Nokomis Rotary Club members recently on tourism, employment and a major road improvement on the island.

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