avoid August and September?

The four hurricanes that hit Florida could hurt the tourism industry for years, as a fifth of potential summer visitors told researchers they would consider avoiding the state for fear of the storms, officials said today.

That could translate into $2.7 billion in lost business for Florida’s biggest industry and $160 million in lost taxes for the state.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the effects of the past hurricane season could be felt for years to come. Tourist dollars could wither up in the late summer. Hopefully most of that money will migrate to other seasons. Could be the start of a new ‘dead-season’ for central Florida.