Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden Retailers Root for Business; Each Seems to Have an Opinion about Which Fans Will Do the Most for the Regional Economy

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Camden Retailers Root for Business; Each Seems to Have an Opinion about Which Fans Will Do the Most for the Regional Economy

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Byline: Gordon Jackson, The Times-Union

KINGSLAND -- Tracy Mizelle won't say which of the four remaining teams in the NFL playoffs he wants to win Super Bowl XXXIX.

But he knows which teams he wants when the game comes to Jacksonville on Sunday, Feb. 6. And why.

"Pittsburgh and New England would probably be the biggest draw because they would bring a larger percentage of the populace and they would stay here longer," he said.

Mizelle, manager of Oasis Lounge and Grill in Kingsland, said Philadelphia also would have a strong impact on his sports bar.

Atlanta, on the other hand, is the one team that could have the fewest fans coming to town for extended periods of time, he said.

"We would like to have people who normally don't come to our area," he said. "Lots of fans from Atlanta have relatives living near Jacksonville they would stay with. There are a lot of people from Atlanta who have summer homes here."

Another important reason Mizelle said he'd like to see northern teams playing in Jacksonville is many of the fans may never have visited Southeast Georgia before, and they may return if they have a good experience during their stay in town.

But Mizelle may be in the minority among Camden County business people.

Jerry Brandon, owner of the Riverview Hotel in St. Marys, said a Pittsburgh-Atlanta match-up would be great for local business.

"I think you'd get more people who would just come down from Atlanta, even if they don't have tickets, and partake in everything else," he said. "You'd get a lot of local participation."

Out of all the teams, New England is the one Brandon said might lure the fewest fans because of the team's recent success, winning two of the past three Super Bowls.

"New England fans are possibly spoiled," Brandon said.

Vaughn Lacey, manager of Trolley's on the Waterfront in St. …

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