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Bellone launches ‘staycation’ campaign for Suffolk

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, joins state

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, center, joins state and local officials at Robert Moses State Park in Babylon June 7 to announce a campaign promoting Suffolk for "staycations." Credit: Ed Betz

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone launched a “Stay Suffolk” campaign to get Long Islanders to vacation locally.

Bellone, joined by state and county officials at Robert Moses State Park, highlighted the county’s wine country, top-ranked beaches and Splish Splash water park, spokeswoman Vanessa Baird-Streeter said.

As part of the campaign, Bellone and officials asked residents to post photos at local spots on social media under the hashtag #StaySuffolk.

The campaign is designed to enhance the region’s $5.3 billion tourism industry by getting locals to consider the region when considering vacations. “Sometimes we take for granted what surrounds us,” Baird-Streeter said.

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