Business booms as spring breakers come to town

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The beaches and boardwalks of Biloxi are packed with people, ready for a day of fun in the sun.  Also packed is the parking lot of Edgewater Mall, which is just across the street from the spring break crowd.  Some spring breakers are ready to shop.

"We went in Belk. They had a lot of sales going on. At Dillard's, they had a lot of outfits that were marked down, so we're out here and just having fun, doing a little shopping while we're doing it," said spring breaker Jessica Camper.

Some visited other stores in the mall looking for that one particular item to take down to the beach.

"I just bought some equipment for my DJ at the beach and everything. We're going to get out there and so some barbecuing, some frying and play a little music," said spring breaker Bernard Owens.

Business at Surf Style is very brisk. Families are buying beach goodies for the kids, and money is changing hands.

It's the same story at a beach vendor's business, with the spring breakers ready to hop on the jet skis and ride a few waves. A picture booth is also a popular spot.

Other vendors have set up shop on the grounds of the coliseum where a huge sign welcomes the spring break crowd. Shanice Davis from Atlanta stops by for a bite to eat, but that's not the only thing she plans to spend money on.

"I brought a lot of money, and I've got malls around so I don't know how much I'm going to spend, but I like to be prepared. It's for anything," said Davis.

Seneca Kelly came down from Jackson. Before heading to the beach, he had to make a very important stop to load up the back of his SUV.

"We went to Winn Dixie and Walmart, and we had money and we bought everything we had to do. We had to grill and having a good time, having a good time in Biloxi.  Everything on me, we bought," said Kelly.

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