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Published on : Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Located just north of downtown Miami, and directly west across Biscayne Bay from South Beach, the Wynwood Arts District typically attracts both locals and tourists throughout the week.
Wynwood is spread across a few square miles of old textile warehouses that have been converted into art galleries and an eclectic gauntlet of restaurants, bars, and shops. Hundreds of exterior walls are brightly covered in brazen, professionally-painted graffiti that gives Wynwood its signature, tropical hipster image.
On August 1, The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory warning pregnant women to avoid the area. Zika’s potential impact on unborn babies is well documented.
Rolando Aedo, senior VP of marketing and tourism at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau said that, business in Wynwood seems to be down between 40-60 percent.
The mosquito eradication program started earlier this month with City of Miami workers going door-to-door to educate homeowners about packing garbage properly and removing standing water. Following that, Miami Dade County, the Florida Department of Agriculture, and the CDC instituted an aggressive schedule of aerial insecticide spraying throughout the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, the Florida Department of Health has been tracking the spread of Zika cases, consulting scientific and medical communities, and advising policy.