Traffic was steady as people exited shore towns this Labor Day, the unofficial end of the summer season. For many, it was time to go home.
"We spent a few days on the beach. The weather held out. We went to the boardwalk, did mini golfing, went on rides, had some pizza, and now we're done," said
Packing up wasn't too sad for this family of 7; they're heading back to Philadelphia in time to attend a Bruce Springsteen concert Monday night.
But for two young men who work at the Flanders Hotel, saying goodbye to summer is emotional as they leave their seasonal friends and head back home to Jamaica for college.
"I think I'll miss the atmosphere and people here the most," said George Robinson.
"It's really hard because I made some good friends here," said Dajon Daley.
Bittersweet is how the director of hotel operations Peter Voudouris describes summer's end.
"Everybody's burnt out," said Voudouris. "It was a busy summer. We reflect on it; sad it comes to an end, but it comes back around quickly."
Boardwalk business held steady this season as Gus Herrera with Primavera Restaurant tells us Mother Nature made sales a bit challenging.
"July was really hot, and when it's hot people don't want to walk on the boardwalk," said Gus.
The perfect boardwalk forecast came Monday, cloudy and cool. Several families walked the boards and picked up last minute souvenirs as summer 2012 comes to an end.