VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - This weekend marks the unofficial end to summer. Businesses at the Oceanfront say the summer tourist season got off to a rough start, but many were able to rebound.
Many of those Oceanfront businesses got a boost from festivals, surfing events, and concerts like the Verizon American Music Festival.
10 On Your Side talked to some business managers who said the beach events helped people gain confidence in the Oceanfront again. The area took a hit after violence erupted this spring at the College Beach Week event.
The rainy weather early in the season also put a damper on things, but businesses said they were able to rebound from that as well thanks to successful events like the Verizon American Music Festival.
"We were kind of nervous about what the weather that would mean for the rest of summer," said Eric Emerson of Waterman's Surfside Grill. "But once summer got here it was summer season at Virginia Beach as usual. People who came out were having a good time, and willing to come out and dine."
The unofficial end to summer is bittersweet, though. Business drops after Labor Day weekend.
Sunday is the last day of the Verizon American Music Festival.
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