MUSKEGON, MICH. - As temperatures climbed into the high 60's Friday at Muskegon's Pere Marquette Beach, one restaurant owner is thankful for all the business.
Pere Marquette has only one full-service restaurant, The Deck, and the owner Michelle Harris has been preparing to work some long days between now and Labor Day.
"As long as it is busy and the weather is great then I am fine with that," said Harris.
Luckily for a number of patrons -- The Deck is expanding. Harris says soon they will have a pier ice stand that will be serving up Hawaiian shaved ice.
Restaurants like The Deck need to take advantage of summer-time business. Pere Marquette attracts visitors and events like the MPVA beach volleyball tournament that will happen on Saturday and Sunday.
"50 players this weekend, maybe more, maybe less," said Lindsy Jacobs.
The MPVA will hold four other tournaments at the beach this summer. And at the other end of the beach only Maxwell Omili could handle the cold water.
"It is not that cold," said Omili. He was part of a group of guys from Western Michigan University who drove up for a beach day.
"This place is one of the place I like to be,it is just so nice," he said. After competing in beach games his friends tested the water too.
Most school district in Muskegon County have entered summer break. That too will result in even more visitors to the beach.
Muskegon's south pier at the beach has been closed for repairs since last fall. The Army Corps of Engineers says it will reopen to pedestrians Saturday.
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