Just one week ago Ocean City Beach was packed full of families laying out in the sun, playing in the sand and munching on Thrashers french fries.
As Melanie Pursel, executive director of the Greater Ocean City, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, drove down Coastal Highway on Thursday on her way to a meeting at Fish Tails, there was hardly anybody on the roads.
Needless to say, Pursel is happy about Gov. Larry Hogan's executive order for Maryland public schools to begin after Labor Day starting next year.
"We want people here. The weather is beautiful and the water is the warmest it is all year in August," Pursel said. "I think it will be incredible for Ocean City."
Though Hogan has been widely criticized for the move by the state teachers' union, child advocacy groups and some parents, so far the change is being hailed by businesses in Ocean City and beyond.