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Record-breaking year for Florida tourism

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Shining statistics for the Sunshine State: almost 23 million visitors flocked to Florida between July and September, shattering a state record.

Governor Rick Scott shared the state's brag-worthy news at Busch Gardens on Friday. He says the visitors came with cash, spending more than $50 billion in the state from January through August.

"That's a significant amount of investment in our state," Scott said Friday.

With visitor spending up five percent, downtown St. Petersburg restaurants say they're feeling the boost.

"Business is booming. We're really seeing it up, a huge bump in people, tourists, especially along Beach Drive and downtown," Cassis Restaurant & Bakery General Manager Elliot Gunther said Friday.

The governor says with upcoming events like the Bollywood Awards show in Tampa and the filming of "Dolphin Tale 2," Florida's tourism industry is only looking up.

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