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Visit Jacksonville Partners With Local Attractions To Offer Deals For Hurricane Florence Evacuees

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Visit Jacksonville is partnering with several local attractions and restaurants to offer special deals for Hurricane Florence evacuees this weekend.

Katie Mitura, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Visit Jacksonville, said it came to their attention Wednesday morning that evacuees from the Carolinas were heading south and looking for places to stay to avoid Hurricane Florence. Visit Jacksonville reached out to area hotels, but they were all pretty much full already.

“We are very full at this time with evacuees who have come to Jacksonville for the weekend,” said Mitura.

So, on Thursday morning, Visit Jacksonville decided to see what could be done to help people who are already here. Mitura said Visit Jacksonville is “pulling together different offers from our local attractions for anyone who is from the Carolinas. I’ve already had a couple of attractions who’ve said they’re going to do 50 percent off for anybody with a North Carolina or South Carolina ID. So we’re compiling all of those and they’re going to be on”

Mitura said the discounts should help give evacuees a chance to explore Jacksonville, and maybe help relieve some of the stress they must be going through, waiting to see what kind of damage Hurricane Florence is going to do back home.

The deals announced so far for Hurricane Florence Evacuees are:

Visit Jacksonville says their website will be updated with more deals throughout the weekend.

Brendan Rivers can be reached at, 904-358-6396 or on Twitter at @BrendanRivers.

Special Projects Producer Brendan Rivers joined WJCT News in August of 2018 after several years as a reporter and then News Director at Southern Stone Communications, which owns and operates several radio stations in the Daytona Beach area.