The last summer fling on beaches

Beach business in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach has cooled since the start of school in early August, but the three-day Labor Day weekend provides one last economic heat wave of the summer.

Businesses, condominiums and hotels count on the weekend to draw the final giant crowds of the summer, to make it through the slower fall months before the snowbirds start arriving in early December, according to Mike Foster, vice president of marketing for the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The majority of Labor Day vacationers at the beach are day-trippers and people coming for the weekend, unlike the majority of the summer season when the big business comes from families planning week-long, or longer, vacations, according to Foster.

The last summer fling on beaches