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Busy weekend buoys beach businesses

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Many Bay Area locals took to the beach this Labor Day, providing a much-appreciated boost in business for shoreline establishments.

It's a welcomed sight for beach-side businesses: A crowded day on Clearwater Beach.

"Friday, Saturday, Sunday was fantastic. And today we're getting off to a good start already," said Alan Ebbert of Frenchy's Rockaway Grill.

Frenchy's filled up with mostly locals on Labor Day.

"You get a lot of Polk, Hillsborough people here for the weekend," Ebbert continued.

Some Clearwater businesses planned for big crowds during the Republican National Convention, but they actually experienced a slump in sales. On Monday, some vendors said business was finally back to usual.

The Beach View Inn booked up all 64 rooms over the holiday weekend. It's business they were banking on, after a disappointing week of RNC revenue.

"I know there were a couple of delegates staying in the area, but basically it was the quietest weekend since I've been here," said Beach View Inn General Manager Lourdes Fernandez.

Some beachside vendors say Labor Day is traditionally the last spike in sales they see before a lull in the tourism season.

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