Many tourists in Destin made the most of this memorial day weekend despite the less than ideal beach conditions.
Rough water and dangerous rip currents closed waters for swimmers across the Panhandle Monday, changing plans for thousands of Destin tourists. Larry Dinkins decided against canceling his planned vacation for his 20-plus family even with subtropical storm Alberto on the horizon.
“So we thought ‘oh it may not be all that bad’ and we’ve had this plan for a long time and when you put the money down, we decided to come on down,” said Dinkins.
As the waves grew Monday morning, so did the amount of people on the beach, eager to check them out.
“We’ve been coming here for about 35 years,” said Kim Wentz from Hamilton Ohio.
The Wentz family will also ride out the storm but first, get some supplies.
“We came in with very little food so we were talking this morning and thought we better get some food. We are kind of inland a little bit by a tenth of a mile or so we are going to hangout there, watch TV, and play some games I guess,” said Wentz.
“Never want to be in a hurricane but I love to watch the power of nature but respect it as well,” said Dinkins.
Double red flags are expected to fly along the gulf coast into this week.