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South Haven seeing steady business despite up and down beach season
SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - At South Haven's beaches, dangerous water conditions kept people from swimming on the unofficial last day of summer.
But people there still found plenty to do, and city officials say it has been a busy summer tourist season.
There is a red flag warning at the beach in South Haven, with three-to-six foot waves, but there are still plenty of people on the beach, and a lot of people downtown.
The Pinkel family traveled for several hours this weekend to come to South Haven's beaches, and they weren't going to let the red flag warning and rough water ruin the day.
"We actually come all the way across the state to be here, and it's really worth it to us, even if the weather conditions aren't that great, it's really nice and warm out; it's still a beautiful day," said Eric Pinkel.
But Eric does admit it means his four kids can't go very far into the water.
"Red flags are always difficult; you have to pay attention to your kids," he said. "I stay right out here, on the beach with them, but it doesn't deter us at all."
Virtually the only one braving the waves Monday was skim boarder Kyle Jezler, who said he prefers these kinds of conditions.
"Today's been kind of rough compared to the last two days," he said. "The waves are getting pretty big out there; a little bit of current and the waves are going against the dock, so I have to be careful not to go too close to the edge."
But even when the water is not perfect, South Haven still attracts a crowd.
"There's so much to do here, people just come anyway, and they do different things," said Sally Newton, with the South Haven Chamber of Commerce. "They're hitting farmers markets or wine tasting, or hanging out in a pub for a couple beers, so there's plenty to do even if it's not perfect beach weather."
Even though South Haven did close its beaches at one point this summer for contamination, but says its still on pace with last year for visitors.