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Warmer weather boosts some businesses, leaves others behind

Published: Jan. 31, 2012 at 4:18 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:12 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Unseasonably warm weather has some Grand Strand hotels seeing higher occupancy numbers than usual. But not every business is welcoming the warmer weather.

"We're a sixty room hotel and forty-one rooms are full," said Michael Dircks at the Aqua Beach Inn. Dircks said the hotel has had a steady stream of monthly occupants, but they're seeing a higher number of walk-in guests as the temperature continues to rise.

"We were really low before this," Dircks said, "but with the warmer weather, it's picked up a lot."

While some businesses are thriving on the warm temperatures, other area entrepreneurs say the warmer weather leaves them wanting more.

"We haven't gotten a lot of new calls," said Scott Barth of Extreme Landscaping. Barth says Januaries are typically slow months, but he hasn't seen a real business increase despite the fact that the warmer weather has triggered some plant growth. Barth said that it may be warm outside, but it's not warm enough for his line of work.

"Most people aren't into doing landscaping during the heat of summer," he said. "But when it's not too hot out, they don't mind doing their own yard work."

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