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OCEAN CITY, N.J. (CBS) – The beaches and boardwalks are still packed down the shore this Labor Day.

It’s going to be tough for everyone to leave summer behind.

The waves, naps, and looking out for swimmers will soon end for most people.

“It went by so quick,” said Edra Bilali of Bergen County, New Jersey.

A packed Jersey Shore from up above as Labor Day weekend comes to a close.

“It’s the end of summer and we’re going to miss coming here with our friends and enjoying a wonderful time here in Ocean City,” said Darlene Cohn of Penn Valley.

Reaching the beach every summer is an annual family tradition for many.

“I’ve been coming down here since 87,” said Sal Ferraro of South Philadelphia.

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“About 30 years,” added Mike Olivieri of Marlton, New Jersey.

Debbie Listman who traveled from West Chester, Pennsylvania says a rainier than usual summer didn’t stop her.

“You know what I found even though they would predict rain, we still would come down because it would really blow out a lot so it might be raining in the morning and come three or four o’clock, about happy hour, the sun came out and it’s always better at the beach,” said Listman.

The Atlantic City boardwalk was also bustling this Labor Day.

“Every time I come up here to the boardwalk, I walk from here to the next. Get out of breath, and start again,” said one man.


Businesses in Ocean City also made out okay despite the rain.

“The weather forecast was hurting us a little bit, a lot of times when you look on the weather channel it would say raining, but actually it was really nice. People don’t want to come to the shore when it’s raining,” said Eli Baygeldin, an employee at Old Time Photos.

Some people, like Lori Orlando, plan to continue to visit the shore in the fall.

“We still make it back in September,” said Orlando. “September is one of the most beautiful months of the year for Ocean City.”

As many prepare to leave, they take with them fond memories from the summer of 2018.

“We’re gonna look back at great houses on the beach here and Jersey shore,” said Orlando.

“The only good thing about the summer coming to an end is that the Eagles are right around the corner, go birds,” added Dave Rzepski of Bucks County.