Our summers are spent commuting between Boston and York, Maine. We've been making this short (75 minute) journey for better than 10 years, and while some things about York are gloriously static (downtown York Beach is like stepping back in time), nothing is immune to change.
At least two of our friends have closed businesses (galleries) over the past year, largely as a result of the change in the tourist/resident mix.
Tourists, often held in low regard by those vain enough to imagine themselves residents (in the end, we are all renters) bring money into the economy, appreciate the charm of a different place and bring what they can back to their own homes as a memory of pleasant times. This is a real boon for the arts and crafts industry, which is a major economic segment in the York -Ogunquit-Kennebunk(port) area.
It's time to remember that tourists deserve our love. We need them to keep it fresh and vital.