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Spring break brings vacationers to Central Coast beach towns

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If you've been to the beach this week, you've probably noticed the spring break crowd.
 
Last week's rain caused some businesses to close up shop early. This week, the sun is out and spring break has started up for many in the Central Valley. A lot of them are flocking to the beach and local business owners are counting on that foot traffic. 

"A lot more families are coming to the area. It's a new discovered hot spot and the weather is phenomenal," said Trish Kesselring of Peloton Cellars in Avila Beach. 
  
"I think it's a chance for us to show what we have to offer. We have a lot of guests coming from around the world," said Tom Mendoza of Blue Moon Over Avila. 
 
The area looks a lot different after last week's rain and local business owners are thankful the weather has turned a corner.
 
"I think at this time of year with or without rain, the restaurant business generally slows down," Mendoza said. "Certainly, with the rain, we had some cold weather so we had guests not wanting to sit on the patio, they would come in. We did okay but it was definitely slower than normal. When it's warm weather, we're booming."
 
"It's all about the weather for this business," said Bobby Duran, a Shave Ice vendor in Avila Beach. "If it's really windy, we don't do very well. If it's cold, we don't do well. But when the weathers like this, we do a lot of shave ice."
  
Right now, visitors say the weather is just right to spray on some sunscreen and play in the sand. 
 
"We are from Fresno," said some visitors. "We are actually here for spring break. We like coming here to Avila. (the) kids can spend five, almost ten hours at the beach. We like checking out the local restaurants."
 
"We're from Visalia, California," said another visiting family. "We're here for spring break. Going to the beach, celebrating and having a good time together."
 
"We're from Clovis and today we're going to go to the beach, play in the waves and make sand castles," said another family. 
 
"The town is abuzz with a lot of people looking to dry out and warm up," said Kesselring.
 
Business owners on the beach say March is generally a tough month for sales in non-drought years. Following the rainy week, they are looking for some foot traffic. 
 

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