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Final Days, Changed Hours for Businesses Mark Undeniable End of Season

Though many open year-round, other businesses shutter until warmer weather returns

If you had any doubt that fall was here, the closure of the remaining seasonal businesses still open into October might be a hard-to-deny sign.

You have a final chance to drive into Stewart's Root Beer on Fischer and Route 37 East through this weekend, and then it's a winter of tracking down which boardwalk and summer-thriving businesses hold off-season hours among the many steel shutters.

Though Stewart's and Rich's Ice Cream remain open now, many other businesses used last weekend's Columbus Day traffic to prolong their season before closing. Park Seafood on the Seaside Park boardwalk uses parade day to mark its official final day.

Other boardwalk and barrier island mainstays have converted to off-season hours, such as Ryan's Deli, Bum Rogers, Luna De Rosa and Maruca's Tomato Pies, open year-round.

Whether it's sad to see or just an undeniable fact of the calendar, nevertheless it's the end of the tourist season.

What is your chosen way to drag out the summer?

Sue October 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM
We're putting away the kayaks and beach towels, taking in the fountains in the yard, caulking around windows, etc. Getting ready to rake leaves, in between outings to the various festivals and other outdoor attractions before really cold weather hits the shore. Most of all, we're enjoying the lower traffic volume in this Bennie-less fall!

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