Hoteliers say the evacuees include people who are trying to get away from the storm as well as those deciding to have their fall break here instead of
The couple drove up from
"We wanted to be by the beach," he said. "We'll come here for three days and then go back and see what's left of our house. We have good insurance."
Kicklighter said her daughter lives in
"We thought we'd just kind of turn it into a vacation," she said. "We wanted to have fun and not deal with it."
"I've been meaning to come here to visit because they both live here," she said. "I wasn't going to do it because of money and personal stuff that was going on in my life, but all that is put aside right now because my house is probably going to be under water."
Few rooms left
By midday Thursday, hotel rooms already were difficult to find in
The hurricane evacuees "happened on a real busy weekend," Demarest said. "It was going to be high occupancy anyways. People have changed vacation plans away from
"It's booking us up for the weekend," she said.
But it's not just hotel rooms that are filling up this weekend; rental condos are, as well.
"We were going to be strong without the hurricane out there," he said.
"It is a holiday weekend. It's fall break," she said. "But we're filling up much quicker because some people are coming over here from the
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