Even if you’re the most fervid star-spangled boosterish proponent of local tourism, you can’t deny this — the drive to work sure feels better without all the snowbirds, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

More than 100,000 Yankees, Canadians and myriad other seasonal visitors were projected by the U.S. Census Bureau to converge on Sarasota County this winter. And now suddenly, it seems, beginning this week, they’ve vanished.

Truth be told, a spot check of local businesses indicates the exodus began big-time after Easter weekend.

But the departures were mitigated at the cash registers by a quirk of the calendar, said Cindy Odell.

“All the Catholic kids were out of school last week, so spring break lasted a little longer for us,” said Odell, a booth cashier at Siesta Key Watersports. “And Easter came so late in April.”

Which means the real impact didn’t kick in until Monday.

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