Zika fears impact South Florida tourism industry

Zika fears impact South Florida tourism industry


NEWS.>>Victor: A NEW PLAN TO COMBAT ZIKA FEARS IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. MIAMI-DADE MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ MET TODAY WITH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL OFFICIALS. GIMENEZ AND HEALTH OFFICIALS DISCUSSED STEPS FOR IMPLEMENTING AERIAL PESTICIDES TO COMBAT MOSQUITOES CARRYING THE VIRUS. MEANWHILE CREWS CONTINUED TO SPRAY AND REMOVE STANDING WATER IN THE WYNWOOD AREA. THAT’S WHERE OFFICIALLY OFFICIALS BELIEVE 15 ZIKA CASES WERE LOCALLY ACQUIRED. ZIKA FEARERS HAVING AN IMPAC ON SOUTH FLORIDA’S TOURISM INDUSTRY. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER HATZEL VELA IS LIVE NOW IN MIAMI WITH THAT PART OF THE STORY. HATZEL.>>Hatzel: VICTOR, FIRST, SHARING SOME NEW INFORMATION THAT WE’RE JUST GETTING FROM THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT IS THE FACT THAT THEY’RE NOW ISSUING THE SAME KIND OF WARNING THAT WE SAW FROM THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN WHICH THEY’RE TELLING PREGNANT WOMEN TO STAY AWAY FROM WYNWOOD, ALSO TELLING FOLKS THAT IF THEY’RE PLANNING TO COME TO MIAMI, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE CAUTIOUS. LET’S GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION ALSO HAPPENING ON THE GROUND IN WINEWOOD BECAUSE BACK OUT LIVE YOU CAN SEE AT LEAST THIS BUSINESS CALLED WYNWOOD YARDS HAS DECIDED TO CLOSE BECAUSE OF THE FEARS OF ZIKA. AND THEY’RE CLOSING BECAUSE THIS IS A VENUE THAT HOLDS ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE, BUT YOU WALK AROUND WYNWOOD AND YOU GO INTO BUSINESSES, A LOT OF THEM ARE OPEN AND WELCOMING PATRONS.>>ARE YOU CONCERNED BUT ZIKA VIRUS IN.>>VERY CONCERNED. I WAS PLANNING A TRIP TO MIAMI, AND THEN I FOUND, UH-OH WITH ZIKA IS IN MIAMI.>>Hatzel: IT’S NOW NATIONAL. SHOWS LIKE “THE VIEW” MAKING ZIKA AND MIAMI PART OF THE LARGER CONVERSATION. BUT HERE IN WYNWOOD BUSINESSES WANTO REMIND PEOPLE THEY’RE OPEN AND SERVING, ESPECIALLY IN MOM-AND-POP TYPE PLACES WHICH DRIVE THE STYLE AND THEFT WORLD FAMOUS NEIGHBORHOOD.>>PEOPLE MENTION IT SOMETIMES BUT SOME PEOPLE I FEEL LIKE THEY DON’T REALLY HAVE AN IDEA.>>Hatzel: AT FIREMAN DERRICK’S BIG SHOP AND CAFE, THE PIES, THE COFFEE KEEP BRINGING LOCALS BACK FOR MORE. WE TALKED TO COUNTY TOURISM FOLKS WHO SAY, REMEMBER, ZIKA CONTRACTION SO FAR ONLY AFFECT ONE SQUARE MILE IN A LARGE COUNTY, AND THE CDC WARNINGS SPECIFIC TO PREGNANT WOMEN.>>THERE WAS A PREGNANT LADY SITTING HERE AND EATING PIE THE OTHER DAY, SO THEY DON’T SEEM THAT CONCERNED.>>Hatzel: SO FAR NO MAJOR CANCELLATIONLATION WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNED CONVENTIONS, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES AND HOTELS ARE WORKING WITH HEALTH OFFICIALS TO KEEP GAS AND TRAVELERS — GUESTS AND TRAVELERS INFORMED. AT THE BARBERSHOP.>>I DON’T SEE ANY CHANGE BECAUSE OF THE ZIKA SITUATION.>>Hatzel: BECAUSE IT’S A TUESDAY, BUSINESS IS SLOWER THAN USUAL, BUT OVERALL THEY HAVEN’T SEEN A DROP IN CUSTOMERS.>>THE COUNTY’S TAKE GO PRECAUTIONS BECAUSE WE SAW SOMEONE SPRAYING AND SOMEONE I HAD CAME BY TO RESPECT TO MAKE SURE — INSPECT TO MAKE SURE WEEN DON’T HAVE WATER LYING AROUND HEDGE THE MAJOR AIRLINES, JETBLUE HAS SIDED TO REFUND PEOPLE MONEY IF THEY’RE PLANNING TO COME TO MIAMI. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE HERE THAT IF YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE TRAVELERS, IF YOU KNOW PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING TO MIAMI AND THEY’RE NOT FLYING JETBLUE THAT THEY SHOULD CHECK WITH THEIR AIRLINE TO MAKE SURE WHAT KIND

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