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Beach closures, cancellation of fireworks impacts businesses during Fourth of July weekend

'It's been rather quiet,' employee on normally bustling Atlantic Avenue says
Posted at 12:07 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 00:07:25-04

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — With beaches and bars closed and weather not favorable for at-home cookouts, many are saying this Fourth of July weekend is unprecedented.

Gianna Ugazio is visiting Florida from Colorado.

"I was looking forward to the beaches," she said. "I didn't expect them to be closed on the Fourth since they've been open."

She said she was expecting to see a little more life on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach during the holiday weekend but understands that people are staying home due to spikes of COVID-19.

"Maybe the weather has something to do with that," she said. "My main concern is just going back home and possibly getting it from here, because I work at a retirement home."

At the Quiet Storm Surf Shop, employees said the weather and cancellation of fireworks have made an impact on sales.

Quiet Storm Surf Shop on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, Fourth of July weekend 2020
A shift manager at the Quiet Storm Surf Shop on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach says business this Fourth of July weekend was slower than usual.

"It's been rather quiet," shift supervisor Sarah Shaffer said.

Shaffer said this Fourth of July holiday weekend is far from normal compared to others.

"I was pretty excited to see what the scene would be like originally and then I found out that the beaches were closing, obviously, but I figured that it would still be a little bit more busy than it was," she said.

Several restaurant employees along Atlantic Avenue also said business was slow this weekend.

Many of them said they believe people will return once the beaches reopen Monday.