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Rainy weather slows spring break business

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The rainy weather Tuesday morning forced many students and families visiting Clearwater Beach on spring break to search for activities, leaving beaches barren during a time of year when they're typically packed.

"I'm really bummed out because I wanted to lay out and get tan," said Taylor Smith, who traveled to the area with her friends from Illinois.

One group of students from Indiana said the lack of beachgoers was a noticeable difference from yesterday.

"It has been a lot less people out today because, I guess, they're not used to the little rain," said Greg Prine.

But the rain didn't exactly send tourists into bars and restaurants seeking cover. Employees at some beachside businesses said they knew early on the crowds would be thin.

"Today is going to be a slow one," said Daniel McMillan, a bartender at Frenchy's Rockaway Grill, adding the business counts on sunny weather to bring a daily 65 percent bump in customers in March.

"It's a flood of Phillies fans, Yankees fans, spring breakers, so March is an excellent month," he said. "It's our best month by far."

McMillan also said he wasn't concerned about the one-day lag in sales; more customers come in during the second half of the month.

The rain, meanwhile, didn't keep away many tourists from cold-weather states.

"It's about 30 degrees right now [in Wisconsin]. It was snowing and raining yesterday." said Barry Ausen, a Wisconsin-native. "We decided to go do the beach one day and we picked the beach today."

Some spring breakers had that same positive attitude and were already looking forward to the remainder of their trip.

"Hopefully just be on the beach a little bit more and enjoy the sun, go to the pool and enjoy the nightclub," said Keith Emberton of Indiana. "We're enjoying every second."

 

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