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Busy month brings thousands to the First Coast

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands of visitors are making their way to Jacksonville this month, which is great news for our local economy.

Car enthusiasts packed into the Prime Osborn Convention Center for the international car and truck show this weekend.

"I love it," said David Woodard who attended the show. "I just love to look at the cars, sit in them and find out prices."

It showcased the newest 2014 models and electric cars, like the Wheego LiFe.

"It goes up to 100 miles before having to be recharged," Ron Trowell with Nimnicht Buick GMC said. "Charges in eight to 10 hours."

Chevrolet Product Specialist Erica Michelle tours the country with the show.

"I'm going to be honest, I wasn't expecting such a huge turnout at the Jacksonville show so I'm excited," Michelle said. "I mean ever since the doors opened, we've been flooded with people."

It's welcome business for the Prime Osborn.

"Any business we do is great and frankly the level of business is up," Convention Center Director Jim Pritchard said. "We're having a good year... We have had a very busy month. It's been great. We just did a boat show. We have this auto show, a growth in the show. We're seeing a higher audience. After this we have 26.2"

Donna's annual marathon to finish breast cancer brings thousands to the First Coast next weekend. But downtown Saturday, thousands of runners in the 5K Color Run painted the city neon.

"First of all it's healthy and it's so much fun," volunteer Clint Demetiez said. "It's entertaining."

Over at Everbank Field, the U.S. women's soccer match against Scotland filled the seats. It all means booked hotels, filled taxi cabs and restaurants, bringing business and dollars along with the crowds.


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