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WASTED AWAY: MARGARITAVILLE

For the past eight winters, Ruth and Marvin Cohn have escaped the cold of New York for two weeks at the Pelican Bay Resort in St. Martin. But after Hurricane Luis lashed the Caribbean island earlier this month, the Cohns cancelled this season's trip. Now they're mulling a long weekend in New Orleans or a trip to the Carolinas. "I love St. Martin," says Ruth Cohn. "We will go back--but not this year."

Hardly comforting words for islanders, who are reeling from one of the worst hurricane seasons in memory. But as the region digs out from the trail of destruction left by Hurricane Luis, which pounded Antigua and St. Martin on Sept. 5, and Hurricane Marilyn, which pummeled the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sept. 16, much of the Caribbean is bracing for another hit--this one economic--as tourists seek sand, sea, and sun elsewhere.By Gail DeGeorge, with David Swafford in Miami, and bureau reports


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