Memorial Day weekend has passed (probably too quickly for most), and if you live near the coast, you know what that means: the return of beach traffic. Vacationers in the middle of the country flock east and west, coastal residents trek north or south to a new beach locale, and travelers, travelers everywhere, head to the coasts to enjoy the outdoors, sunbathe, boogie board, get uncomfortably sandy, and above all?
They spend money.
Beach vacations are the lifeblood of coastal communities; more than one-third of Americans spend leisure time at the beach, spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually on hospitality, transportation, fishing, food, and recreation. By some estimates, over 2 billion trips are taken to the beach by both foreign and domestic tourists. These local economies are sustained year after year by the continued presence of healthy, clean beaches.