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TX - Texas beaches, businesses brace for spring break after governor ends mask mandate

As a result of the governor’s decision Tuesday to lift the state’s mask mandate and all restrictions tied to capacity, the news comes as a double-edged sword that’s positive financially, but at the cost of less power for Texas businesses.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breaks All-Time January Visitation Record

Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) and Wright Brothers National Memorial had the highest levels of visitation in January 2021 than any other January on record.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Oak Island becomes latest beach town to discuss paid parking

As locals and tourists head to some Wilmington-area beaches this summer, they will be paying for parking for the first time.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Our View: As Beach Costs Rise, S.J. Towns Again Weigh Tag Money vs Appeal of Free

Plenty of people remember when all of the beaches in South Jersey were free — no tags needed.

Northeast
Tourism

RI - Private Property Owners 'Utterly Outraged' by Bill to Decriminalize Shoreline Trespassing

A bill to exempt beachgoers from trespassing charges within 10 feet of the most recent high tide line is drawing impassioned public input from both sides of the debate about shoreline access in Rhode Island.

Northeast
Tourism

NJ - Hotel Association Opposes Beach Tags for the Wildwoods

A business organization in the Wildwoods has come out against introducing beach tags.

International
Tourism

NZ - Dogs Attacking Wildlife on Auckland's Pest-Free Islands as Owners Breach Rules

Dogs owners taking their pets to pest-free islands are placing endangered animals at risk, rangers say.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Florida's Tourism Industry Caught Between Virus Protections and Profits

'It's absolutely critical for the recovery of our state economy,' Visit Florida president says

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Emerald Isle Announce Changes for Paid Beach Parking Coming This Summer

Another coastal town is making changes towards public parking for beach access beginning this year as residents in surrounding towns are not happy about it.

Southeast
Tourism

FL - Controversial Vacation Rental Proposal All But Eliminating Local Regulation Advances in Senate

A controversial effort to further limit local governments’ ability to regulate and inspect vacation rental properties is advancing in the Florida Senate, as the proposal’s sponsor on Tuesday assured critics that the legislation is “a starting point.”

Northeast
Tourism

CT - Opinion: Beaches Belong to Everyone, Not the Privileged Few

Legally, Connecticut’s shoreline is public property. Historically, it’s been anything but.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Emerald Isle Board Agrees to Private Management of Beach Access Parking Lots

EMERALD ISLE — Town commissioners Monday agreed by consensus to implement private parking management at the two major beach accesses this spring, charging hourly rates instead of a flat fee of $10 per day.

Mid-Atlantic
Tourism

NC - Room Occupancy Tax Number 'a Bit Surprising' That It Wasn't Worse

The room occupancy tax total in New Hanover County fell 14.5% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to local tourism officials.

Hawaii & Alaska
Tourism

HI - Lineal Descendants Plead for Polihale

POLIHALE STATE PARK – Emotion overcomes Raylene “Sissy” Kahale as she describes the significance of Polihale to Hawaiian families who have lived here for many generations.