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Tourists still visiting despite the cold weather
Out of towners don't stop visiting just because the weather cools down. Tourists from all over the country are still visiting the Emerald Coast to spend time on the beach. Channel Three's Rob Brown talked to some snowbirds to get their reaction to the chill.
Warm temperatures make the Emerald Coast a vacation destination for most of the year. But a Thanksgiving week cold snap has both locals and tourists alike reminded that chilly holiday temperatures are coming.
Over forty-three million people will travel for Thanksgiving.
No shortage will find their way to the Emerald Coast.
Many come for one last weekend of sun and comfortable weather.
Jeremy Bennett "It is disappointing. It'd have been nice if..we're coming from that type of weather, it'd have been nice to get down here and get away from it."
Jeremy Bennett brought his family from West Virginia.
They left temperatures in the teens, hoping for one more nice weekend before winter weather.
He says this trip has made him plan another in the summer.
Jeremy Bennett "Yeah, we're already planning our trip for around June or something, maybe it'll be a little nicer then."
Stephen Rock drove from New York.
Stephen Rock "We had been checking the weather forecast. The ten day forecast was supposed to be eighties all week. We packed mainly shorts and t-shirts. We have a few warmer clothes, some coats. But we really didn't pack for the cooler...like this."
Rock says while the temperatures aren't ideal, he'll stay positive.
Stephen Rock "I'm going to enjoy my vacation no matter what. We woke up to rain this morning and whatever. It's a vacation, you know. Enjoy it while you can."
Josh Brock manages a restaurant in Ft. Walton.
He says cold weather has had an impact on business.
Josh Brock "We were really busy coming out of the summer, and then it took kind of a dive when the cold weather hit. I guess people were more hibernating, staying indoors."
Brock says he expects business to stay steady, despite the cold.
Josh Brock "It's still Florida. People are still coming here for vacation even right now. We're just starting to get some snowbirds in as a matter of fact."
But, if he had the choice...
Josh Brock "Warm. Oh, for sure, warm." (laughing)
With temperatures approaching freezing on Thanksgiving day, some might trade in that turkey for a hot cup of gumbo. In Okaloosa County, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.