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Bad weather means good business for some in tourism industry

Employees with Biloxi Beach Jet Ski Rentals secure water craft during a rain storm on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News) Employees with Biloxi Beach Jet Ski Rentals secure water craft during a rain storm on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Business was booming on Saturday at Souvenir City in Biloxi, much to the delight of manager Danielle Price, center. (Photo source: WLOX News) Business was booming on Saturday at Souvenir City in Biloxi, much to the delight of manager Danielle Price, center. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's been a slippery start of the season for some in the tourism business. But for others, bad weather means good business.

The pelting rain has kept water craft on shore at Biloxi Beach Jet Ski Rentals.

“As you can see, the weather and the tide made quite a mess out here,” said beach vendor Alston Evans.

Evans, along with other beach vendors, have been set up since March 1. While the first week was good, the second was not.

“We would have opened had the weather allowed it,” Evans said. “But any time it’s raining, it kind of hurts us.”

But, the vendor remains optimistic.

“The weather’s just kind of messed us up a little bit this weekend, but tomorrow’s supposed to be good weather.”

On the other side of the highway, tourism business is not only surviving bad weather, it’s actually thriving. At Souvenir City, the weather was just fine.

“Most of the activities for kids are outdoors, and when it’s raining, you know, what else is there to do? Go shopping,” said manager Danielle Price. “And I mean, who doesn’t want to come into a bright pink store with a gator in the front?”

Cassey Jones, and her sister Whitney, brought their children to the Coast for spring break.

“We didn’t let it stop us from having a good time," Cassey said. “So we came down and played at the arcade, and got to swim the hotel’s pool; not in the beach. But we made the best of it.”

Susan Nicholson escaped worse weather from her home in Waynesboro.

“The rain was actually heavier from home,” Nicholson said. “It lightened up as I got down here. It’s slacked off here. I don’t know exactly what it is at home. But, I heard we’ve got water over the road in places.”

Mike and Sharon Henson didn’t let a state of emergency stop their special celebration.

“We’re here for our 40th wedding anniversary,” Mike said. “And, so, we decided to take a trip; didn’t matter what the weather was, we were coming.”

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