An unexpected but welcomed spike in business is happening in Southwest Florida during the summer months long after the season ended.
Capt. Ryan Riegsecker is sailing through summer busier than ever.
“This year was probably one of my record years. So yeah, it’s been crazy this year,” said Riegsecker, owner of Fin Crazy Charters.
His charter boat business picked up in the spring as usual but unusually, never slowed down.
He’s sailing twice as often as last summer.
“It’s been every day non-stop hardly any days off compared to the regular season,” he said.
Kevin Sawyer, general manager with Snook’s Bayside Restaurant, agrees.
“There’s a new influx of people coming into the neck of the woods. And then every day we get someone oh, I just moved here,” Sawyer said. “I just found you.”
Fin Crazy Charters docks near Snook’s Bayside Restaurant.
Sawyer said the restaurant closes a few times during the summer because business is so slow but that’s not the case now.
“Last year was tough. We all know that. And this year, we’re definitely rebounding and coming back,” Sawyer said.
These businesses are celebrating a victory.
“Steady business is good. It’s good to be busy,” Riegsecker said.
Snook’s Bayside Restaurant is now dealing with a staffing challenge.
The host, manager are all serving food because they are having a hard time finding help.