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Local businesses make a comeback over Memorial Day Weekend

Pier Park was packed with people for Memorial Day Weekend. (WJHG/WECP)
Pier Park was packed with people for Memorial Day Weekend. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 24, 2020 at 6:09 PM CDT
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Phase one of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order is in full swing, and just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Pier Park is packed for the holiday, and Panama City Beach Councilman Geoff McConnell says local businesses are getting the break they’ve been waiting for.

“It’s important for us to come back and get some money back into the conference for these small businesses, so they can pay their employees, so their employees can put food on the table for their own families,” said McConnell.

The area is still recovering from the Hurricane, and the pandemic brought another wave of unease for those involved with these local establishments.

“We are still getting over Hurricane Michael. I know a lot of people always say that, but it is the truth. We are still trying to get our footing from it, and that’s what was really important. Getting people back in here,” said Sunglass World Vice President of Sales Tony Werden.

As for crowd control, McConnell applauds the small businesses in the area for sticking to the executive order amongst the masses headed down for the weekend.

“They’ve done a fantastic job with that, and they’re really full to that 50 percent and turning people away. It’s been good. They’re coming back in, and they’re doing a good stroke of business down through here,” said McConnell.

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many, and with a quarantined spring, locals say they are hoping this weekend is a peek at what the hotter months might look like.

“Spring and summer is where a majority of the money is made, and missing spring, and just not knowing what the future held, a lot of us were really on pins and needles. It’s been a very good weekend. Hopefully, it’s a great summer,” said Werden.

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