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St. Joseph ramping up for beach season


It's almost time for bikini's and sun tan lotion.

The temperature is heating up and so are the shores of Lake Michigan!

You may still have needed a light jacket outside Saturday, but that didn't stop several people from going to the beach and putting their toes in the sand.

Megan Reed and her friends had a picnic at Silver Beach Saturday.

Something they say they've been waiting to do since last summer.

"It's finally warm enough we can just be outside,"Reed.

Several others were thinking the exact same thing.

Silver Beach was full of people playing in the sand and just walking along the water.

"It's been about 20 degrees for the past four months so this feels really nice," says Reed.

The crowds enjoying the warm up are packing local businesses.

"Today we were just slammed all day, completely filled and running around trying to help customers," says Cameron Mammina, owner of Third Coast Surf Shop Manager.

It's a sign that summer is near.

A good thing for the beach town's businesses.

"It's our bread and butter season," says Mammina.

It's the same story at Silver Beach Pizza.

Just last week at the pizza place, "it was just empty," says Tatiana Salazar who's a server there.

This week, Salazar says, "Now it's just like packed."

When the tables start to fill Salazar knows what that means, "Summer's right around the corner and we're gonna be really busy."

Both Silver Beach Pizza and Third Coast Surf Shop say they'll be bringing on more staff soon for the summer season. 

"We're really excited with the nicer weather coming in. It really allows us to sell some of the products we're really passionate about," says Mammina.

It's not just the businesses excited for summer. It's everyone.

"So excited!  Ready to bring out the bathing suit, be out here on the beach, I'm ready," says Reed.

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