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Pensacola Beach businesses prepare for huge Memorial Day

Last Memorial Day weekend set a record according to beach businesses.
Numbers from the Bob Sikes Toll Bridge showed 88,000 cars made their way onto the beach that week.
   
That's 1400 more than in 2012.
What the are the projections for this year.
"This is Red Fish, Blue Fish's first Memorial Day weekend and they are preparing anyway they know how to get ready to serve those big crowds."
   
The restaurant opened last year in September just missing our busy season.
But many of the employees have worked at other beach businesses and know what the kick off to the summer season means to the industry.

Romeo Amodo  "We have definitely tripled up on our liquor orders and we've got a food truck coming in to to store a lot of food to keep it cold on premise to be prepared and we actually have an ice delivery as well."
   
Red Fish Blue Fish typically has around 25 employees working the weekend.
But, this holiday weekend they are doubling up on staff.

"This is exactly our big test on staffing, on food orders, deliveries, that kind of thing."
Management at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach knows Memorial Day weekend sets a tone for the summer.

Tom Rasinen  "It's something we look forward to every year."
This weekend is typically a sell out.
   
 But, the hotel still has some rooms available.
And say you better hurry to  book  a room because they are expected to sell out fast.

"I anticipate we will sale out by Thursday and we'll be looking for a sale out Friday and Saturday, Sunday guaranteed."
   
Many beach business owners expect this year to be a record breaking summer.
 Because our hometown crowd favorite, the Blue Angels, will be back in the air.

"Before last year and before they were grounded we always had early sales, but we've never experienced sales so early and the interest was real early this year."

"Businesses and their customers are glad the weekend is suppose to look like this."