NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) — Overcast skies and cool temperatures resulted in a lot of open space on Narragansett Town Beach this Memorial Day.
The not so summer-like conditions may have kept most residents and tourists away from the shoreline on Monday but some were still out enjoying walks along the ocean.
“It’s cloudy, it’s pretty overcast, but it’s a beautiful day for walking and a beautiful day for taking the dogs out and walking along the seawall,” Alice Braunstein of Narragansett said. “So not so much that we can’t do other than, you know, soaking in the sun at the beach.”
With Memorial Day being the unofficial start to summer, coastal businesses were not thrilled with the uncooperative weather. After Saturday’s sunshine being the only ideal beach day, Narragansett businesses endured a slower weekend than they would have preferred.
“We had a pretty good day on the sunny day but today, as you can see, it’s a little quieter. I mean there’s folks around but not quite as busy as we usually are,” Simply Natural owner Jerry Fortin said. “Sunday was a little disastrous with all that rain, but we did OK.”
This is the sixth summer in business for Simply Natural and according to Fortin, weekends are crucial due to the heavy foot traffic it receives from the beach.
“School is not out of season yet. The weekends are very important for us, as folks look at the forecast and say they are going to come for the weekend or not,” Fortin added. “Weekends are very important this time of year until school gets out and then we have them here in town for at least a week.”
Fortin, along with other local business owners are hoping for more sunshine in the coming weekends until the summer tourism visits go up.
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