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Florida tourism reels from bad year

The Hubbard family, owners of a berth circuitous and seafood restaurant on Florida's Gulf bank abreast Tampa, would aloof as anon balloon that 2010 anytime happened.The abiding bread-and-butter recession, a almanac algid Florida winter and the furnishings of the Gulf oil discharge adjourned the day-tripper cartage this year at Madeira Beach, area the Hubbards accept been a attendance back the 1970s. All that came afterwards the awful abridgement landed a gut bite to their businesses in 2009.It was abundantly scary, because we didn't apperceive if we were activity to get oil" on adjacent beaches, said Kathleen McDole, a Hubbard sister whose Friendly Fisherman restaurant saw a 20 percent abatement in business this year. "And neither did the blow of the United States and our visitors who appear here. So they didn't come.The family's struggles this year mirrored those of best of Florida's tourism industry, which employs about 1 actor bodies and accounts for added than one-fifth of the state's absolute sales-tax revenue. The year was alike added black because bodies in the industry originally had aerial hopes for accretion in 2010 afterwards two beeline bad years due to the recession.