U.S. Open boosts LI economy

June 17, 2009 3:57:58 PM PDT
People from all over the world are converging on Long Island this week to catch their favorite golfers at the U.S. Open.And lawmakers say it couldn't come at a better time. Legislator Dave Mejias points out that Long Island's economic state is beyond desperate, with sales tax revenues at an unprecedented low

"They estimate $120 million benefit to the economy last year in San Diego," he said. "If we can do $100 million, that would mean $4 million in sales tax revenue."

To get a world class event like the U.S. Open, you have to have the right stuff - like plenty of parking, lots of infrastructure and a dynamite golf course.

Luckily, Long Island has it all.

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The hundreds of thousands of people traveling by train or taking a shuttle to the greens wind up in downtown Farmingdale, conveniently located a few miles from the course. The event creates a 50 percent increase in sales for some small businesses.

Jim Bueche sells cigars. He says he finally hit some paydirt this year, although he's waiting for one customer in particular.

"I'm still waiting for Tiger to come by," he said. "He hasn't showed yet--when he wins!"

After this event, business owners might have to wait several years for the illustrious world class golfers. It's a long wait, but well worth it, especially since this year it is desperately needed for the local economy.

Bethpage hosted the U.S. Open back in 2002. The next available slot is 2018. Bethpage is already on that waiting list.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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