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Hamptons Businesses Urged To Stay Open As Swells Of City Dwellers Remain

John Minchillo
Beach umbrellas stand unattended outside a private residence in Southampton, N.Y.

Many New York City residents who spent their summer at vacation homes in the Hamptons have decided to stay. And Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said that could mean a boost for the local economy.

Bellone said restaurants and businesses on eastern Long Island should prepare to stay open after Labor Day to serve an influx of full-time residents.

“Here we are now with an opportunity for these businesses to be able to stay open and to continue to serve the residents that are out here,” he said.

Bellone said the influx of full time residents will bring more income for struggling local businesses, and will create jobs.

“We want you to stay, and spend those dollars, and contribute to our economy and to help families recover, and to help businesses get through this unprecedented crisis,” Bellone said.

Many Hamptons businesses operate only for the summer, and this year the season was cut even shorter due to the economic shutdown.

Bellone said the county will help businesses with personal protective equipment, so they can operate year-round.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.