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When the coronavirus pandemic halted much of the travel industry earlier this year, Carin Kiphart and her husband saw their international tour guide business dry up and largely stay that way.

But the couple’s vacation rental on Navarre Beach is another story. Initially shuttered in March, vacation rentals in Florida were allowed to re-open over Memorial Day weekend. Since then, the Kipharts’ five-bedroom house on Navarre Beach has been “slammed” all the way through the recent Labor Day weekend.

“It’s pretty much our main income now, so we’re really glad we made that (income) diversification,” Kiphart said Tuesday after the long holiday weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer.

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