Asked at the American Tin Cannery.
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Q: SUMMER—AND TOURISTS—ARE HERE. WHAT IS THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT LIVING IN A TOURIST HOTSPOT?
Follow-up:What’s the best tourist repellent?
GREG VON LORTZ | ShopOwner | Monterey
A: The attitudes of the locals toward the tourists who pay our bills. Let’s love on these people so they spend more money. They get love; we get money. It’s a win-win situation.
Golden Rule: Love. If you don’t want them acting like tourists, don’t treat them like tourists.
LYDIA YOUNG | Sockshop Sales Associate Pacific Grove
A: Parking is my main complaint right now. And the beaches! I have a lot of dogs and it’s hard to find space.
The Price of Beauty: Gas prices. They definitely put a damper on driving up the coast.
CRAIG HEMPHILL | Jeweler | Salinas
A: Cost of living. I’ve been here for a little over 30 years. I lived in Pacific Grove and now I live in Salinas and commute. And Salinas is even getting a little pricey.
Stiff Board: The room tax. Pretty soon tourists will look at it and say they aren’t coming.