Businesses, residents looking forward to tourist spending ahead of crewed launch

Brevard County said it expects about 200,000 people to view the launch

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Ahead of Thursday’s crewed launch, businesses and residents in Titusville are looking forward to the influx of visitors.

Over at Pier 220 Seafood and Grill, Carla Souza said their business is looking forward to opening its doors to tourists.

“We are all up to work,” Souza said. “We have tourists who come from all over, they fly in. They get a hotel somewhere around close because we have a perfect view.”

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With the launch scheduled for 6:11 a.m. Thursday, Brevard County said it expects about 200,000 people to view the launch. That total is down from 250,000 from the last crewed launch in November. County officials site the expected decrease because of the early morning launch.

Karen and Jeff Wilson live in Titusville and said that it’s important for local businesses to receive the benefits of space tourism.

“It always has a wow factor,” Karen Wilson said.

“Hopefully, it will help these small businesses because we personally like the small businesses, better than the box store.” Jeff Wilson said.


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