Jackson County getting ready for summer tourist season

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JACKSON COUNTY Jackson county tourist development council officials say they missed some of the spring season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Obviously, like everybody, our revenue is going to be down having no rentals in March and April,” Jackson County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Christy Andreason said.

Now with the state slowly reopening with restrictions in place, they expect to see many visitors this summer. Christy Andreason, with the Jackson County TDC, said they expect to see many boaters, fishers, and swimmers in the county's nine bodies of water this summer, especially with Memorial Day weekend coming up.

“It’s a traditional memorial day activity. Everybody likes to get on the water because it’s usually the kick-off the summer,” Andreason said.

Andreason said local parks like a cavern state park, which recently re-opened, will draw many to the area as well.

“Caverns State Park is open, but they really only have one trail that’s available at the time. All of the state parks are still monitoring capacity limits, and they have to shut down if they reach a certain amount,” Andreason said.

Andreason said Blue Springs Park is opening next weekend. She says they’re also working to make sure locals and visitors are informed about social distancing guidelines and other ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.