Heading to the beach is a tradition for many families this Labor Day weekend, but with gas prices close to $4.00 a gallon, some are sticking close to home. We checked out how business is going at Atlantic Beach as it celebrates it's 75th anniversary.
Atlantic Beach tourism officials say that tourism numbers are up this year and so are gas prices. One Atlantic Beach station was selling ti for $3.99 a gallon for regular unleaded Friday. People say they're still taking their vacations despite the high cost.
The Town of Atlantic Beach says the number of visitors is up from last year between 30% and 40% and they believe it has a lot to do with the beach's 75 anniversary with activities and rides offered to families, but there were few people on the beach Friday. One family from Maryland and Pennsylvania said they expected more people for the kick off of Labor Day weekend.
"Then I was thinking people are back in school but maybe tomorrow it will be more crowded I know last time we were here it was much more crowded," said Linda Plato.
Parking revenue also increased nearly 4 thousand dollars more than last year. This is the last week of activities and events celebrating Atlantic Beach's 75 anniversary.