By: Chris Gros
May 25, 2014
St. George Island, FL -Many people around the country enjoy barbecues, cook outs and visiting the beach on Memorial Day weekend. WCTV drove out to the Florida coast to find out what this weekend means for a local business.
There were families enjoying the beautiful weather cooking, tanning and taking a dip at St. George Island.
But this weekend means more than a fun time at the beach. That’s because St. George Island relies on beach holidays to bring in visitors for hotels and restaurants.
Paul Riegelmayer manages the Blue Parrot Beach Cafe. He's been waiting patiently for beach season to kickoff.
"It's been a tough winter. So we're happy to see them we're happy to have them. And this is where we start to make our business for the year. It's kind of slow here in the off-season so we've gotta make all the hay while we can," said Riegelmayer.
Customers like Mike Duffy and Brenda O'Kelley, siblings from Tallahassee, have been beach goers at St. George Island since they were kids. They know what beautiful weather like this means for small businesses in the area.
"We understand the importance of people coming to small towns and spending money and being there and enjoying where they're at. Supporting the whole economy and everybody that's here," said Duffy and O’Kelley.
For more information about St. George Island and the Blue Parrot Beach Cafe you can visit their websites below.