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Small businesses weather slow start to Summer season

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CAPE MAY -- With the great weather, everyone's just in a good mood. That's what small businesses in Cape May are saying.

And the good mood was contagious Saturday in Cape May, as the Summer season brought scores of visitors to shop eat and play.

"It's been great,"said Chip Gruff, chef at Key West Tacos. "Slow start compared to last years. Last year we had a warmer spring. This year was pretty cold."

But even with a slow start to the Summer season, businesses say increasing temperatures are bringing more traffic into the city,

"This year it didn't start getting warm until later, so it really cut into our business," said Amanda Imstennik, general manager at Kohr Bros. Ice Cream.

"Springwise, this was a little tougher than last year," echoed Gruff. "The numbers were down - that's for everyone around here. But now everyone is down here to stay it looks like. Things are really up."

 There wasn't a parking space to be found at the Washington Street Mall as hundreds of visitors came out to enjoy the first weekend of Summer.

"I think it's already busier," said Suzanne Logeman of the Cape May Market. "It seems to be a lot more people in town and happily they're spending money so it's really just great news."

However, some businesses are worried about any lingering effects Hurricane Sandy might have on their business.

"I think people are afraid that it might be damaged down here and haven't been coming, but it's not," said Imstennik.

But others see Hurricane Sandy -- and the damage the storm did further north -- as an opportunity for Cape May County Resorts.

"Because of what happened up north, everybody's gonna be flocking down to the boardwalk here and Wildwood. I think it's definitely gonna be a much better Summer than last year. Might be a record," said Gruff.

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