The Zika Virus appears to have had an impact on tourists visiting the Miami-Dade area. Hotel tax revenue in Miami-Dade has dropped at a rate not seen since the Great Depression. The decline in public money coming from tourism is attributed to the fact that people that might be visiting Miami have been afraid of the Zika Virus. Hotel taxes declined from the amount generated in the previous year and December was the fourth month in a row that such declines have occurred. Such a slump in tourist revenue has not been seen since 2009. The hotel taxes are used to fund museums, theaters, and the $300 million debt incurred by the Miami Marlins Baseball Park.
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