De Soto Memorial brings $15M benefit
BRADENTON -- A new National Park Service report shows that 279,924 visitors to De Soto National Memorial in 2013 spent $15.4 million in communities near the park, supporting 218 local jobs.
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with more than 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.
According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitors spending was for lodging -- 30.3 percent -- followed by food and beverages -- 27.3 percent.
"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 big factor in our local economy as well," said Jorge Acevedo, superintendent for the De Soto National Memorial.
To download the report, which includes individual parks by state, go to nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.
Hospice buys Sarasota office building
SARASOTA -- Tidewell Hospice purchased nthe former Fidelity building at 3550 S. Tamiami Trail from Rodney Dessberg for $3.5 million.
Bill Preissner & Ken Hoskinson, Jr. of Hembree & Associates, Inc. facilitated the deal.
The building will be the home base for Tidewell Hospice staff members who serve patients in Sarasota residential homes, assisted living facilities, long term care facilities and hospitals. The site will not include any patient services.
"This building presents an outstanding opportunity for us," said Gerry Radford, Tidewell president and CEO. "It is centrally located to many of the homes and facilities we serve."
Tidewell Hospice is an independent nonprofit organization offering a home-based, total support system for people living with advanced illness. Tidewell cares for more than 8,000 patients and their loved one annually in Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.
Subaru sued over claims of dangerous auto defects
NEWARK, N.J. -- A federal lawsuit filed in New Jersey against carmaker Subaru says some of its vehicle models have a defect that could lead to engine failure while they're being driven.
The lawsuit alleges violations of the state's consumer fraud act. It says piston rings in the vehicles wear out quickly and some vehicles burn excessive amounts of oil.
It says the 2011-14 Forester 2.5-liter, 2013 Legacy 2.5-liter, 2013 Outback 2.5-liter, 2012-13 Impreza 2-liter and 2013 XV Crosstek 2-liter are affected.
--Herald staff and wire reports