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Collier County Hotels Bounce Back After Ian

Collier’s tourism industry is bouncing back from Hurricane Ian, Lee’s will take more time

Collier County’s tourism industry is showing resilience in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

From hotels and resorts to campgrounds, nearly 65% of the county’s rental properties for visitors are open for business, just weeks after the powerful storm hit. That’s according to Paul Beirnes, the county’s tourism director.

At a Tourist Development Council meeting Monday, he shared that 74 of 115 properties are operational, with many others expected to reopen over the next 45 days — some within a few weeks.

He acknowledged the recovery is much better in Collier than in Lee, which took a direct hit from the near-Category 5 storm, which caused mass destruction with a record storm surge.

October 25, 2022 | Laura Layden
Naples Daily News

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