BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - At the Cajun RV Park in Biloxi, it's hard to find an open spot these days. More snowbirds are taking the Coast out for a spin. That has park managers smiling, knowing the year is off to a bright start.
"Well, this year it's booming," Sarah Germaine said. "We're pretty much sold out of all of the people who are coming down from up north, so we're pretty much sold out through for January, February and March."
Why is business so good? The answer can be found at the gas pump for Illinois snowbird Ron Lawless.
"That helps a whole lot when you're driving a big motor home like we come down here in. Everybody I talk to is really appreciative of the prices being down on fuel," Lawless said.
It's not just cheap gas that brings them here. Just ask Michigan snowbird Bruce Vanwingen.
"People are very friendly. They always talk about southern hospitality, and when I finally started heading south, I found that that was really true. People are very, very friendly," Vanwingen exclaimed.
For some of the snowbirds from up north, the price of gasoline means one thing for them. They can actually extend the visit here and spend even more money on the Gulf Coast. That's what New York snowbird Mike Noble said.
"This year, actually, we're saving enough where we can actually stay another month and enjoy the ocean and the Biloxi, Mississippi part of it, so we're really going to enjoy it this year," said Noble.
With gas this low, hitting the road may last all year. Put New York snowbird Jim Pitts in that camp.
"We'll be making some longer trips this summer coming up. Hopefully, gas will stay down to where it's at, and we plan to go towards the Midwest," Pitts said.
So what do some of our visitors do with the money they save at the pump?
"Well, we've been losing it in the casinos and helping the economy down here in Biloxi," said Lawless.
That help is welcome anytime.
A quick check of other RV parks on the Coast shows the same thing. Lots of snowbirds are coming for visits lasting a few days or even a few months.