By Jim Russo, Executive Director of the Eastham Chamber of Commerce
Tourism is the driving force for the Eastham economy. So when I see a bumper sticker that says "I'm not on your vacation" I seethe with frustration at this local's callous thinking.
The first thing that I want to know is how that person provides for their living expenses. Better than 90% of the time it is derived from tourism dollars. Then I quickly get interested in how they got to be living on Cape Cod; probably to some extent as a tourist. For most, what instigated a move to live here was inspired with a vacation.
There are really very few people that can claim descending from someone that has been here for a full generation. Even for those folks that can be traced back to the Mayflower, more than 350 years later, their pedigree has diminished and the family income is irrefutably bolstered by our number one industry, Tourism.
One business person that has a strong understanding of where his money comes from has the following printed on all of his checks: Paid for with Tourist Dollars.
Let's get rid of those angry bumper stickers and replace them with a welcoming Eastham sticker.
Editor's note: The following appeared in the July 31, 2013 Eastham Chamber of Commerce newsletter. It is reprinted here with Mr. Russo's permission.