Summertime in Curry County means traffic – on the highway, in towns, in parking lots and in fast-food drive-thrus.

This August seems particularly busy, perhaps because of the triple-digit temperatures in the Rogue Valley.

Legions of motor homes and other RVs track through town, blocking visibility and slowing traffic to a crawl.

The Port of Brookings Harbor, beaches, hiking trails and river spots are more crowded than usual.

It’s easy for residents to become frustrated and curse “those darn tourists!”

But a little patience and tolerance is needed here.

After all, many people who are now residents likely came here, at one time or another, as tourists.

There are some benefits to living in a place where people vacation.

Visitors, whether simply passing through or staying for awhile, help build up the county’s economy, putting dollars in merchants’ cash drawers and, eventually, county and city coffers.

Also, the sheer enjoyment these tourists take in visiting the coast is a reminder of what a beautiful place we live in — and often take for granted.

So next time you talk with a visitor, ask them what they think of our area. Chances are you’ll like what you hear and feel a little prouder of living in such a special place.

If this still doesn’t help soothe locals’ angst about tourists, just remember:

Come September, when most visitors have returned to their regularly scheduled lives elsewhere, Curry County residents will have the beaches, rivers and roads all to themselves – during the best time of the year!

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