NAPLES, Fla.- As fireworks exploded in the night sky, thousands of people packed the Naples coast Friday night for the Fourth of July.
Some beach-goers claimed their spot hours before the 9 o'clock show. And ahead of the action, homeowners blocked off their lawns so people wouldn't park there. Naples Police also put out signs up and down Gulf Shore Boulevard, no parking allowed. But the General Manager of the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club tells WINK News he welcomes the cars and crowds.
"Actually we've seen bookings for three months out. What was nice is we got a good occupancy last night Thursday night, full tonight, great occupancy tomorrow and then everyone leaves on Sunday but it's been an excellent weekend so far," said Jason Parson.
He said business is about the same as it was last year. But room prices are up, something that's not turning guests.
"We usually come when the Firecracker 5K is done in the morning come out here and we stay through the fireworks at night off of the pier, so yeah it's an all day long thing. This is the best."
Parsons said every team member works the holiday. And for business he likes when the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday because people will stay longer, through the week.