No entry order impacts local businesses

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Double red flags are posted on Panama City Beach, a warning for visitors to stay out of the water.

A No Entry Order is in place on Panama City Beach, meaning visitors cannot go in the water. (WJHG/WECP)

"The waves are huge out here, so we've told all of our kids that they need to stay on shore," said Amber Bryant, a visitor.

A strong rip current and powerful waves make it dangerous for people to swim at the beach.

"If I was a parent, I'd tell them, come on back," said Bryant.

So while tourists can't go in the water, they're finding other things to do.

"The fact that they can't go in the water, I think is bringing them out, doing more shopping and more eating," said Cheryl Chagnon, floor manager at Margaritaville.

"We're super busy, we have been non-stop today," said Chagnon.

But while some places are getting more business from the beach advisory, others, like Panama City Parasail, are having to close for the weekend.

Panama City Beach Patrol officials say the waves will be their strongest through Monday, and they may extend the No Entry Order through Tuesday.

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