Spring break and snowbirds make for booming business in Brevard Co.



BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Merchants said spring break has caused business to boom in Brevard County.

Business owners said it's one of the busiest spring breaks they’ve had in years and has added on to an already busy time for tourism.

Karen Wescott opened the Big Biscuit restaurant in Cocoa Beach in November and she said business picked up as soon as the snowbirds flocked to the area.

“It definitely doubled. Maybe a little more. We’re very thankful,” Wescott said.

It’s the kind of sales seen all across the county.

Net tax collections are up nine percent.

“This is the best that we’ve had for our spring break, for our whole season really, in about five or six years,” said Bonnie King, the deputy director of Brevard County’s tourist development council.

The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront hotel has sold out dates with guests booking longer days.

“We had a record February and now we’re doing well in March. With Easter being in late April we’re happy to report we’re going to have an amazing April,” said the hotel’s general manager, Debra Green.