Long Island Officials Using Art To Encourage Residents, Tourists To Attract More Business

Long Island officials are rolling out the welcome mat, encouraging residents and tourists to visit shops and boutiques for Small Business Week. It's all to help boost the local economy, and it starts with art; CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

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KRISTINE JOHNSON: Long Island officials are rolling out the welcome mat, encouraging residents and tourists to visit shops and boutiques for Small Business Week.

DICK BRENNAN: It's all to help boost the local economy, and it starts with Art. CBS 2's Natalie Duddridge reports from Long Beach.

[CHEERING AND CLAPPING]

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: This mural, the Long Beach Osprey Wings unveiled by artist Kara Hoblin, was inspired by the official bird of Nassau County. And inside its wings, images of popular destinations on both the North and South shores.

KARA HOBLIN: And we picked key elements, different places on Long Island that are landmarks, either historical or places you can visit.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: Like Belmont racetrack, Jones Beach, the Nassau County Museum of Art, and the Fire Island lighthouse. The mural was designed not only to attract more people to come check out the Long Beach Boardwalk where it's painted but the other destinations featured.

KRISTEN REYNOLDS: It's so exciting that restrictions are being lifted, things are starting to open, and we have so much to see and do right here in our own backyard.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: That's exactly the message, to get out of your home, enjoy the weather, and shop and eat local.

LAURA CURRAN: To attract more business to our downtowns. We know that of every dollar spent in your local downtown, 66 cents stays in the communities.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: And every dollar counts for business owners still recouping from the pandemic.

CLIFF SKUDIN: Having the tourism, it really was effective as far as our main attraction the boardwalk.

CHRISTINE O'CONNOR: Lately, it's starting to come back a little bit little by little. We're getting very excited because usually Memorial Day is our big sendoff to the summer.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: And tourism officials say when you do come and take your selfie, make sure you hashtag it discover Long Island to encourage other people to come visit too. On Long Beach, Long Island, Natalie Duddridge, CBS 2 News.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Those things look good on Natalie.

DICK BRENNAN: That was a great picture there.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: Great IG post.