GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Folks from all over took to the beaches and enjoyed the last day before the summer beach season winds down.
Whether beach goers were hard at play or just relaxing, the boost means a lot to the area and local businesses.
Brad Cohen, manager of the Hangout, says the weekend caps off another successful beach season in Gulf Shores.
He says he’s seen a steady influx of beach goers both on the beach and coming inside his restaurant.
“This summer has been our best summer ever and this fall is shaping up the same way. I walked out into the parking lot and looked at the condo tags to see how long they’re staying here," said Cohen, "A lot of people are staying for awhile. I do the same thing for license plates. I've seen Wisconsin, Minnesota, Louisiana and Florida tags. It shows people keep coming back. It’s great."
Cohen says he’s seen Labor Day business on a steady rise over the last three years.
“We’re not surprised. It’s just the fact that the weather held out and it has been a beautiful weekend. So we’re real happy,” Cohen said.
However, more beach goers means more stress on emergency responders and lifeguards.
Scott Smothers, Gulf Shores Beach Safety Supervisor, says they increased their preparedness for the holiday.
“We did have two rescues and one had to be Life Flighted. We had jelly fish and stingray in the water. We treated heat related emergencies and there were some missing kids,” said Cohen.
Officials say they begin preparing for the weekend months ahead of time.
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