Tourism to Fire Island National Seashore Creates $23.5 Million in Economic Benefits -- Report shows visitor spending supports 218 jobs in local economy

Patchogue, NY - April 29, 2016 - A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 441,999 visitors to Fire Island National Seashore in 2015 spent $18.7 million in communities near the park.That spending supported 218 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $23.5 million.

"Fire Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Seashore Superintendent Chris Soller. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be part of the recreational opportunities that help sustain local communities on Long Island."

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