Gulf Coast golf -- and golfers -- getting screwed
The golf industry in the Gulf Coast is starting to react publicly to being left high and dry by lawmakers who snubbed them –along with massage parlors, liquor stores and gambling establishments – in its bill giving tax breaks and other relief measures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
“To be singled out like this – as though the owners and operators of golf courses in this region are not part of the mainstream business community and do not make significant contributions to local economies – is outrageous,” said Mike Hughes, CEO of the National Golf Course Owners Association.
“Golf is a centerpiece of the tourism industry in the Gulf Coast region and is responsible for generating millions of dollars in revenue and thousands of jobs,” he added.
I have to agree. What are these lawmakers thinking, lumping in golf courses with massage parlors? Golf isn’t on the periphery of tourism on the Gulf Coast – it’s right there in the center. It’s a wholesome, healthy, family activity that draws millions. Golf is about as mainstream as you can get. These lawmakers need to get their heads out of the bunkers and make this right.
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Golf is the vehicle that gets tourists to your cities, your stores, hotels and eateries.
I won't go from New England to the Gulf Coast for a massage, but I will go any day of the week for a round or two or ten on the links. I will stay there, eat there and shop there.... me and my entire party.
What are these people thinking? And how can they single out industries in their economy as not worthy? Courses generate revenue and pay taxes, and lure business from far away that trade in countless other local industries. The business they attract are quality comsumers with money to spend, and who will bring their friends and return with their friends.
I was there in September and October working, and I will be back in the spring to play golf. A lot of golf.
Hope it helps a little.
These courses also cost a heap of money - hurricane damage we British can only guess at must be difficult and expensive to put right without tax incentives/aid etc. Wake up you legislators!!
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