“Easter weekend, this island fills up and stays and that stays until October,“ Sara Berrini, Manager of Atlantic Beach Coffee, said. “So, there are lots of days to fill for people to stay to enjoy our beaches and stuff.”
Sara Berrini is a manager at the Atlantic Beach coffee shop. She said many people have already been trying to make plans for the summer, but most places are still unavailable- including thing DoubleTree by Hilton.
“There are other hotels down on the beach as well so with Double Tree and them we were honestly concerned like are people going to have a place to stay,” Berrini said.
Marty Matfess, Chief Operating Officer of Singh Investment Group in Augusta, GA. told 9 On Your Side, that will hopefully change for the hotel by the beginning of July.
“Plenty of (Air) B&Bs and condo rentals here are unavailable to rent right now as well, so it’s good to know that they’re going be open this summer,” Berrini said.
With so many places closed, Berrini, along with other locals, are concerned about how it will affect the community this summer. Berrini said, luckily with contractors on the beach this winter, the coffee shop was able to stay in business.
“They were here every day getting coffee, so we have been very fortunate to thrive,” Berrini said.
Many were concerned DoubleTree by Hilton was not going to be able to reopen at all.
“Them opening will definitely be, kind of, a sigh of relief. Like oh my God- they’re coming back, thank God. We were wondering, and we had noticed a couple weeks ago that some of their trucks had left. So, we were wondering, like, have they given up altogether and just kind of thrown in the towel? So, it’s a good thing,” Berrini said.
So far the roof has been repaired and the building has been dried, but reconstruction continues.