Sequester Pulls the Sails on Fleet Week

4.15.2013

By OUTTraveler Editors

Federal budget cutbacks mean New York's streets won't be filled with sailors this spring.

If you’re planning a spring trip to New York timed to Fleet Week, that annual tradition when the city streets are flooded with men and women in uniform, think again. Mandated federal government spending cuts, known as the sequester, have put an end to Fleet Week as we know it—at least for now, The Associated Press reports.

The Navy won’t be sending any ships and the Coast Guard won’t be performing any search-and-rescue demonstrations either. Only locally based reserve units will be able to attend some other festivities.

“It’s very clear that no branch of the armed forces can participate in community or outreach events that come to an additional cost to the government, said Beth Baker, director of public affairs for the Navy’s mid-Atlantic region.

Sailors—and their fans—won’t be the only ones hurt by this cutback. Fleet Week generates an estimated $20 million dollars for New York businesses every year.

Read the full AP story here

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