Big crowds and long lines were the scenes at Shipwreck Island Water Park Monday. Thousands of people were soaking up the sun as Labor Day weekend marked the park's last day of the season, and what a day to end on. Shipwreck General Manager Buddy Wilkes said it was the busiest Labor Day he can remember.
"They turned out in record numbers. It is dramatically above any of the Labor Days that I can recall in seasons past," said Wilkes.
Bay County's 18 miles of beaches were also packed, and that was good news for area businesses. Some feared the holiday wouldn't live up to expectations this year because of Hurricane Isaac.
"When we have a natural disaster people pull their reservations," said Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce President Beth Oltman.
But Isaac never really impacted Panama City Beach, so business was booming this weekend.
"Our beach is full, and our condos, and our restaurants, and the retail," said Oltman.
"It's that last opportunity for folks throughout the Southeast to come to Panama City Beach, so it's a great opportunity to for all of us who are in the tourism industry to kind of cash in on the holiday itself," said Wilkes.
After Labor Day, Shipwreck isn't the only beach business that closes up shop for the winter months. Places like Captain Anderson's Restaurant and other local favorites will shut down over the coming weeks and won't reopen until spring.