Good business for Jersey Shore store owners

July 7, 2008 3:55:21 PM PDT
It was back to work today for many of us. But some people were able to stretch out that holiday weekend one more day. The final day at the shore was more than just fun for visitors - it was good business for beach shops and retailers.

It was a great day for beach baseball, and many believe the Jersey Shore hit a home run this holiday weekend drawing big crowds to the beaches.

John Hazlett of the Ventnor City Beach Patrol says, "Water temps were a little cold so it kept bathing down a bit, but the beach was very crowded."

Today, it cleared out and that was just fine for little Jade O'Dowd who made sand castles with her dad, Andy.

"It seemed like a good weekend overall considering the weather," said Andy O'Dowd.

Some days were soggy and some Ventnor vacationers thought that kept crowds down in some spots.

Carol Kelsey Kolojaskoi tells us, "I don't think it was as crowded as past years. Some days were good. Some days were bad. We came down here one morning and hardly anybody was down here."

At Gardner's Basin in Atlantic City, some vendors thought high gas prices kept boat owners away. Not good when you work near the marina.

One of the store owners, Nicky Frazier says, "This year, I think it's because of the gas, yeah. Not so many boats out there and the traffic was nothing. It was extremely easy to get up here."

Today turned out to be a hot one - bikini weather that was perfect for the beach. Some said worth the price of gas for an afternoon in the sun.