Island Businesses See Bump from Obama Visit


August 22, 2013

From mussels for the president to lobster rolls for the press, from publicity to dollars, the economic impact — and the buzz — from President Obama’s Vineyard vacation spread far and wide across the Island.

While the partial closure of South Road for the duration of President Obama’s visit was a source of angst for some West Tisbury merchants, others saw the visit as a positive force for Island businesses. The vacation fell during one of the busiest weeks on the Island, when hotels, restaurants and ice cream shops are filled to capacity anyway. Still, the presidential seal of approval goes a long way toward generating business, they say.

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