Summer has wound down, and what an odd one it has been. Here at beaches and the harbors, people have been scrambling to find some normalcy in their lives. In some ways, it seems as if we missed spring as well as summer. Vacations had to be altered or canceled, visits with family and friends were compromised, and many of our usual means of entertaining ourselves had to be put on hold.
But slowly, businesses that can open are beginning to find their way, many by adjusting their models. Most of us have seen the restaurants spilling into the streets and parking lots to provide their services. Retail and department stores have adjusted their sails as well, and based on the nature of their business, found unique ways to deliver their services. Our Real Estate industry has also been impacted, but by taking that extra step to provide our clients with new ideas and means to preview or market a home, we are still able to help them achieve their goals.
Living here in the beach area has provided us with a ringside seat as to how desperate people are to find ways to entertain themselves. And why not? Beautiful weather, beautiful beaches, and a wealth of vendors in the harbor that can offer rentable toys and tours to get on or even in the water. And though it has been so busy at times, particularly over the recent Labor Day weekend, that limited parking and long lines have been discouraging to some, it can still be worth you while to make the trek. Particularly now that we’ve turned the corner on our “next” season.
Historically, here at the beach, we are now entering our best outdoor weather of the year. Even in these abnormal times, we would expect the crowds to lessen as people and families begin to turn their attention all things autumn. But the beaches are still calling, the vendors are open, and the Sunday Farmer’s Market is alive and well. For many of us who have the privilege to live here, this is our favorite time of the year.
So, bring your beach chair and umbrella, or come on over to the harbor and support your local businesses. You can kayak, parasail, jet ski, book a fishing trip or just a ride out to the islands, and then have something to eat at one of the many restaurants ready to serve you. But please do us all a big favor. Bring your mask and keep your distance. Not only does this help keep everyone safe, but it allows local vendors to keep their doors open.
And then, once you’ve had this extraordinary experience, think about what it would be like to have it all at your fingertips 24/7. We too are open for business, and we would love to have the opportunity to help you make this your place as well.