Maria Duva owns three businesses on the Ocean City boardwalk and says due to the rain and wind that has stuck around South Jersey for the past few days, her businesses have taken a hit. "I'm glad that we're selling french fries and funnel cakes at least because we're not selling any lemonade," explained Duva. "It's not as busy as it was last year. Due to the weather we are a little slower than usual on Memorial Day Weekend but hopefully the weather will be better and the summer will begin."
With temperatures over 10 degrees below normal for this time of year, and wind gusts near 40 miles per hour, tourists in Sea Isle City say it was a disappointing start to their weekend.
Francis Xavier Cassidy, a Sea Isle tourist, said, "Everyone has been looking forward all year long to come down for Memorial Day Weekend and you expect great weather, to hang on the beach, relax, and it was a little disappointing. The weather just wasn't what you would typically expect." Another tourist, Chris Becher, told NBC40, "It's just not as congested as usual - everything seems a little bit off."
Tourists expecting traffic said the inclement weather has kept many people off roads, which has been surprising for what is normally a hectic and congested weekend in South Jersey. Adam Glod, an Ocean City tourist, said, "Traffic was a total breeze. There was no one on the road compared to what I was expecting it to look like. I was down here in no time at all."
While many tourists say their commutes haven't been too bad on the roads - people looking to get in or out of South Jersey on the Cape May Lewes Ferry will unfortunately need to wait until Sunday, after the Delaware River and Bay Authority canceled all Saturday operations due to gale force winds.
Becher also said, "I have friends who were coming down here, and specifically because of the weather, they waited until Saturday morning to come down and they're still not down."
However, with temperatures expected to rise over the next few days, most people remained optimistic about the rest of the weekend.
Cassidy said, "I'm sure the weather will improve and it will be a great summer."