In Southwest Florida, 2011 saw gains in sales tax receipts

And that, the experts say was due to increased spending and the economy “finding its legs”. It was consumers spending with businesses and businesses spending with other businesses that upped the numbers, helping the Sunshine state’s economy recover. More people are coming to visit than they have in the past few years and spending more money as they visit. Officials say that while the last quarter of 2011 was not as robust as the previous three quarters, it was a good year for the area’s economy overall.