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Pinal County’s economy has been enhanced by winter visitors for a long time — especially so in recent decades. And many full-year residents are enjoying the benefits.

The visitors stay here during the cooler months in various ways. Many are in RV parks, but others own homes or stay in apartments.

Many of the visitors do volunteer work, help support churches and donate to charities, which provides a boost to the county.

Meanwhile, much of the business community depends on the influx and looks forward to it, especially after hot summers when full-year residents travel if they can. The added business supports amenities, especially restaurants, that would not exist without it.

The Casa Grande Dispatch and PinalCentral today are publishing a special supplement that focuses on winter resident life. Readers can see that much of the content is about activities that are open to everyone, but many of them are enhanced by having a larger audience.

All-year residents may sometimes complain of longer lines and traffic, but at the same time, most know the value of the dollars coming in. And that is something to appreciate — and welcome.

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