TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- President Clinton declared all of Florida's 67
counties disaster areas because of wildfires and drought.
Most fires were well outside major cities and resort areas,
although some were reported near here, Daytona Beach and
"[Florida's] beaches, golf courses and hotels are still open for
visitors," said Frank (Bud) Nocera, executive vice president and
chief operating officer of Visit Florida, the public-private
visitor promotion group.
There may be temporary closures of some roadways, he said, and
Amtrak trains are subject to sudden diversion.
The state banned campfires, and some cities and attractions will
cancel July 4 fireworks. Walt Disney World, which has nightly
fireworks, is keeping surroundings damp. Disney room bookings are
normal, a spokeswoman said.
Tourist offices in Cape Canaveral, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville,
Orlando, Panama City and Sanford reported fire inquiries but no
flurry of cancellations. Fewer than a dozen cancellations occurred
in the St. Augustine area, a tourism official said.
Nocera said retailers can try to put a positive spin on the
wildfire situation: "Tell clients that nobody is complaining about
For regional road updates, agents can call the Florida
Department of Transportation at (800) 749-2967 in Florida; (904)