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Open thread: What do you think the Hamptons could do to promote tourism in the off-season?

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Susan Kehoe /

The Hamptons is a summer tourist destination. Come Labor Day, everything slows down.

And while most of the locals can agree that the fall is the best time of year to be on the East End—the weather is still warm, the ocean temps are still high, and traffic isn’t a total nightmare—summer tourism is arguably the most important driving force for our local economy.

Tourism is the reason local businesses are able to exist and operate.

And because things slow down so much in the off-season, there are many businesses that close their doors altogether after September and don’t open again until the weather warms up.

So we want to hear from our readers: What do you think the Hamptons could do to encourage tourism in the off-season? Do you think it’s worth it? Or do you think that businesses make enough money during the summer that it’s better for things to stay quiet in the winter?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments.