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Chilly start to Tampa Bay spring break 2018

Posted at 3:56 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 17:35:46-05

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — It’s not what Spring Breakers want to feel — chilly weather moving into the Tampa Bay area. 

Businesses hoping for a busy start, aren’t seeing it for the kickoff weekend to Spring Break. 

“This cold front coming through, water is getting rough, winds are blowing, so it’s deterring people away,” said Jordan Mellert with Mad Beach Water Sports. 

Mellert said as of Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. they were finally getting their first bookings for the day after having two days of their jet skis not leaving the docks.

Next to his location along John’s Pass Boardwalk at Madeira Beach is Eagle Parasail, they too are seeing a slow start. 

However, Eagle Parasail tells us as long as the water is good, the winds aren’t strong, they’re still offering parasailing tours.

The businesses tell us they depend on the start to Spring Break because it’s coming out of their offseason of the slower months from the winter months. 

As of Friday morning, the water temperature was a chilly 62 degrees — down more than ten degrees from just two weeks ago when the Bay Area saw record-breaking temperatures. 

Another cold front is expected later this week, and then chilly temperatures until mid next week.

The only saving grace for these businesses is that Spring Break is expected to last until the second week of April this year.