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Hotels gearing up for busy holiday weekend on Tybee Island despite looming storm

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Folks in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry hoping for a drier Labor Day Weekend, after Tropical Storm Bonnie hit two months ago, flooding out many Ridgeland roads around Memorial Day.

Nearly seven inches of rain was dumped on Jasper County. Not a lot of rain was dumped on Tybee Island during Bonnie, but this new system has the potential, just in time for the holiday.

For Tybee Island, this is one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year. Many hotels and condos all around Tybee are expecting huge crowds and business.

They all told me they're watching the storm. They're hopeful it'll be just rain and gone for most of the weekend.

I stopped by River's End Campground and RV Park on Monday afternoon. They're expecting 70 separate groups to show up Friday. They tell me they will be fully booked with families from all over the United States.

Other hotels, like Hotel Tybee, are also expecting huge weekends. Their thoughts are the same: A little bit of rain won't slow down their weekend.

"Most of them have called and we try to say they are expecting some rain but the storm, the big part of the storm, is going to miss us. So it should be spotty rain but at this point, no real cancellations. It's going to be really busy,” said Kimberly Fickes, River’s End Campground and RV Park.

Fickes says they've gotten more calls this week from people still trying to book. Clearly, hotels and tourists alike are full speed ahead to enjoy this Labor Day Weekend.

Restaurants on the island are also gearing up for a big weekend. There are still places with openings, but everyone expects to be close to full by the time Saturday rolls around.

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