Cape Lookout lights up area economy

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 at 06:01 PM.

Overall, the report indicated that there was $14.7 billion in direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. The spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in the gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the United State economy of $26.75 billion, the report said.

Most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, lodging and other amusements and recreation sites.

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Jannette Pippin is a reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News.

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