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Tourism businesses prepared for slow down as school nears

Workers at Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi say business has been really steady this summer. (Photo source: WLOX) Workers at Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi say business has been really steady this summer. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

When the state legislature voted to let each individual school district in Mississippi decide when students would go back to school, several South Mississippi school districts opted to go back to the early August start dates. The original idea of pushing back the start of school was one promoted by the state's tourism industry, as a way to boost business. So, has the change had an impact on business?  

Workers at Big Play Family Fun Center in Biloxi say business has been really steady this summer.

"Business has been outstandingly good, of course we have our headaches over the weather sometimes," said Buzz Kriner.

Despite rain showers looming overhead, Big Play Family Fun Center employees were still busy, tending to a large Sunday afternoon crowd. Even with school starting in just a few days, business is showing no signs of letting up.  

"Saturday was one of our busiest days and we sold about 2,900 Putt Putt golf, so it gets pretty crazy," said Brandi Zhe.  

"I think it's actually starting to pick up a little more, believe it or not. The people that I work with before say usually in the summer time around this time it starts to die down, because kids are going back to school. But actually this past two weeks it's been fairly busy," said Luis Colon.

Colon isn't exactly sure why business has increased, but it could just people trying to get in some last minute summer fun. He does however think local traffic will decrease after this weekend.

"I think it is going to affect it during the weekdays. But I think on weekends, we will still get the weekend crowd that we usually get," said Colon.

All coast school districts will start back this Thursday, August 7, except for Gulfport and Ocean Springs. They will start back on August 18.

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