WEAR - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Pensacola businesses staying busy for Labor Day

Pensacola Beach - The 2014 summer season is wrapping up.

Some are calling it a record breaking season.
   
Last year, numbers from the Bob Sikes toll bridge showed more that than 66,000 cars made their way onto the beach over the three day weekend.

That's 5,000 more people than in 2012.

This year, many beach businesses say they expect to exceed those numbers.
   
 Labor Day weekend marks the official end to not only the summer season, but tourist season as well in Northwest Florida.

This is the third year Justin Stowe and his family have chose to end their summer on Pensacola Beach.

He says vacationing here quickly became a family tradition.
   
 "You can walk to the restaurants and park, and you don't have to get back in car again," said Justin Stowe.
   
Thousands of people over the weekend will make their way to our beautiful white sand beaches, but instead of staying in a traditional hotel, many have chosen to stay in their RV's at the Pensacola Beach RV Resort. 

The resort opened last year, and this is their second Labor Day weekend.

They say business is up 30% from last years holiday weekend.

All 72 RV slots are full.

Managers say word of mouth helped, but also events like Summer Fest.

Last year, nearly 5,000 people attended the R&B music festival.
    
"We partner with a lot of the other businesses here, so everybody is asking what can they do. They can pretty much walk to the main beach, so yes a lot of our guest are going to a lot of the different events that they've got planned," said Justin Lane, Property Manager at the Pensacola Beach RV Resort.
   
This was restaurant Red Fish, Blue Fish's first Labor Day weekend.

Managers say last week they noticed a drop off in business when students returned to school, but the holiday weekend didn't disappoint, and business is up 60%.
      
"It much exceeded our expectations by far. It was way busier than we could've ever expected. It was a great flow of people, great feedback from our locals," said General Manager Romeo Amodo.
   
Many businesses also attributed the Blue Angels performing this summer bringing more people to the beach.
   
"We are actually already booked for the Blue Angels for next year, and the 4th of July is going to be big for us as well," says Lane.