It's still too early for Island merchants to assess the summer tourist season, but the first big holiday of the summer is now behind us, so how did things go business wise?
Island business is booming. People are shopping, enjoying island delicacies and having fun. Business owners couldn't be happier with this year's Fourth of July, even if it fell in the middle of the week. Visitors are coming from everywhere.
"When I check their ID's, I've seen a lot of Oklahoma, but yes, a lot of Texas. San Antonio, Austin, Houston, they come from everywhere," said Miki Beauregard, a gift shop manager; "but I've seen a lot of out of state too this year."
There is a good side to the mid-week holiday any way you look at it. Padre Island Burger Company owner Jason Johnson said it seems the mid-week holiday broke the crows up into two waves.
"Sure, right now it's mainly San Antonio, the surrounding areas coming in just for either the first part of the weekend or the second part of the weekend," Johnson said. "Our weekend now is split, with Wednesday being Fourth of July, and ah, it's good."
And when it comes to beach attendance, the man in charge of the county's beaches said it's continuing after the holiday.
"It's been wall to wall people up and down the beach," said Scott Cross, director of Coastal Parks Nueces County. "Wall to wall. I think we did great this year. The numbers of people that we're seeing this year are well above and beyond what we had last year. Right now we're running at $50,000 ahead of revenue projects for the same time frame last year."
And if the trend continues, summer 2012 could be a banner year.
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