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Busy weekend on Pensacola Beach despite weather
PENSACOLA -- We've had a wet and muggy long holiday weekend. This is usually a busy weekend on the beach.
The usual crowds aren't out there on those wet, white sands. But the weather didn't stop everyone's vacation plans.
For most people, this is far from beach weather. Ask many beach businesses and they'll probably tell you the same thing, but for some die-hard vacationers, they didn't let a little rain stop them from having fun.
Despite the rain, the jet skis at radical rides didn't sit idle for long.
Roger Bevan , Radical Rides owner said, "We've been open every day, even in the rain and we're down more than half.”
He says they've only seen about 20-percent of the business they normally would, had the weather been better.
The Buffinet family is visiting from Louisiana.
They started their vacation in Panama City, but when the heavy rain caused massive flooding there, they headed west, only for the rain to follow.
"We were hoping it would stay that way and just push along but it followed us but we're not staying inside, we're used to this kind of weather,” said Cory Buffinet, visiting from Louisiana.
It's the Buffinet's first time getting the chance to ride jet skis.
"Jet skis, I’ve been wanting to do that for a while, I’ve been wanting to do that since last summer and it's my first time going out there a riding them,” said Kalie Buffinet.
After some quick instructions, they were ready to go.
Steve Walden from Atlanta also took a page out of the Buffient's book, and didn't let the rain stop him from enjoying his Fourth of July weekend.
Steve Walden visiting from Atlanta said, "it's been a great week, the weather, not so good, but it's a beautiful beach, here with the family, it's the fourth, we're having fun.”
According to the forecast, the rain is expected to taper off starting tomorrow.