Business owners say goodbye to summer


SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — Vacationers are leavingTopsail Island one last time for the summer and for businesses who depend heavily on that summer traffic, it’s a sad time.

“We got about 4 1/2 to 5 months to work and that depends and that depends on if we get hit by a hurricane or not. If we get hit by a hurricane that means we get knock out 2 or 3 weeks off our season,” says On Shore Surf Shop owner George Howard.

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The labor day weekend is the last big weekend of the summer for seasonal businesses like On Shore Surf Shop.

Howard said, “It’s a little bit better than last year. The economy seems to be coming up some what.”

East Coast Sports had a positive summer too.

“Things started off a little slow but our summer has well made up for it, hopefully if we get a beautiful October and on through this year and a good fishing season. We’ll be up very good for this year,” said Chris Medlin, East Coast Sports owner.

Medlin knows the easiest way to a paycheck, so work on labor day, was a no-brainer.

Medlin said,”Working on labor day, I don’t know what it feels like to not work on labor day”

So as the sun sets on this summer, folks getting ready for the summer sun to rise again.

“There’s a lot of traffic on the road today, but tomorrow you’ll be able to get across the street no problem, they’ll be gone,” said Howard.