Vacation rental occupancy in March tops hotels again

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Keys reporting March was record month for hotel, motel taxes


A sailboat passes by Malory Square at sunset Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

The Florida Keys received more money in March from hotel, motel and short-term vacation rental taxes than any month in the last two years, according to Monroe County’s tax collector.

The 5% tourist development tax the county receives from hotel and motel transactions is a strong gauge of the health of the Keys’ visitor-supported economy. Additionally, the nearly $6.8 million collected in March is further evidence the island chain has recovered from the battering it took in the beginning and middle of the COVID-19 pandemic amid

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Is travel coming back? Airports have busiest days since March 2020

Delta Air Lines Inc. bookings began picking up five or six weeks ago as people have begun making plans for spring and summer, Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said at an industry conference Monday.

“We’ve seen some glimmers of hope over the last year, but they’ve been false hope,” Mr. Bastian said. “But this seems like it’s real.”

Airline stocks climbed Monday. Shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc. rose 8.3%, while shares of American Airlines Group Inc. climbed 7.7% and Delta shares rose 2.3%.

The pandemic brought travel to a near halt last spring. Travel restrictions and fear of infection

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Community Drive-Through Food Giveaway is March 27 at Parks and Recreation | News

The Outrageous Love Foundation Inc. and People Help Exchange Inc. will hold their Second Annual Community Drive-Through Food Giveaway on Saturday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Butts County Parks and Recreation, 576 Earnest Biles Drive in Jackson.

The food giveaway is open to Butts, Henry and Lamar County residents. Those seeking food must provide identification and are asked to remain in their vehicles. Volunteers will provide them with a box of food and essential items. Supplies are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

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