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Bus Driver Sells Visitors on Farmingdale

Locals on the front lines at The Barclays Tournament help sell Farmingdale as a return destination.

Kelly Hicks flashed a broad smile as she opened the bus door. The Farmingdale real estate broker is moonlighting this week as a shuttle bus driver for The Barclays Tournament.

You couldn’t ask for a better community ambassador than the 49-year-old Farmingdale resident. Not only does she know how to navigate the back roads, Hicks does it with an infectious attitude.

If the PGA Tour stop offers Farmingdale a rare chance to sell itself, then locals such as Hicks are the closers. 

“I wanted to be a part of this,” said Hicks, who also volunteered at the 2002 U.S. Open working concessions. Her son, Christopher, 21, drives the spectator bus from Jones Beach. 

A broker by trade, Hicks has unique insight into the state of the local economy. She’s seen a busy summer of properties selling and potential buyers qualifying for loans. The housing market – at least in Farmingdale – is marching ahead once more. 

But she sees an even greater opportunity to jump-start the local economy with this week’s PGA Tour event calling home. 

“It’s nice to have outsiders come in and talk about our community,” Hicks said. “It generates business. And it’s good for restaurant owners.” 

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano of The Barclays at $34 million. Despite complaints by locals, upset with , this week’s golf tournament should be a real opportunity for local merchants.

“Hopefully, it will put Farmingdale even more on the map and generate some business for the community,” Hicks said. 

All eyes are on Bethpage Black this week for world-class golf. 

And that passionate local at the wheel ushering you to and from Bethpage State Park? She just might have you thinking about a return trip to Farmingdale.

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Jeff August 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
It doesn't do squat for local business. Did you people not learn that from the last time?
Daniel Dunleavy August 21, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Sure it does. I'm late for work because of the traffic, so my boss doesn't have to pay me for the full hour :-)
Dick Blair August 22, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I think it is great!
Jeff August 23, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I had spoken to many merchants after the last tournament and they all said the event did not do much for business.
Jeff August 25, 2012 at 07:17 PM
As usual, the tournament hasn't increased business.

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