Tourists Enjoying Final Summer Weekend

The Biloxi beach was a popular holiday hangout over the Labor Day weekend.

"We're from Andalusia, Alabama. We're over for the Labor Day weekend," said Janie Whiddon.

She watched as grandchildren Zack and Brook took advantage of low tide to hunt for hermit crabs.

"Just kicking out and hanging out with the kids. Giving them a break so we can have a break," said Whiddon.

"You like that shot, don't you?" shouted Josh Harrell, as he spiked a volleyball over the net.

Family and friends from Denham Springs, Louisiana squared off on the volleyball court. They consider the beaches of Biloxi a perfect late summer destination.

"Just looking for a little outing for the weekend. Summer's too hot. Figured we'd catch a little cool water, play a little volleyball, have a little fun with the family," Harrell explained.

The lone souvenir shop on the beach enjoyed a steady crowd.  Beach vendors also kept busy this Labor Day.

"All summer was pretty good. This weekend has definitely been pretty good for the business.  Lot of families. A lot of couples. Everything like that and everything in between," said vendor Jude Tschirn of "Get Wet."

Hard Rock had a holiday weekend to remember.

"Our hotel's been filled with out of town guests and we absolutely need that. A lot of people playing slots," said spokesman Karl Bulot.

A lot of people visited the casinos this holiday weekend.

"We saw numbers this weekend in the hotel and all the amenities approaching, rivaling only our grand opening weekend. Highway 90, the business on the coast was incredible. So, it was quite nice seeing the coast make a rebound to pre-Katrina numbers," said a smiling Bulot.