Rain dampens Spring Break for some Galveston businesses, not others


GALVESTON – Saylor Edmonds dug into a cup of strawberry cheesecake yogurt at La Kings Confectionary on Galveston's historic Strand, savoring one of the amusements that draw thongs of students like her to the island during Spring Break. Edmonds, an eighth-grade student from Corsicana, and classmate Leslie Munoz, both 14, decided against heading to the beach amid overcast skies and Gulf water that was too cool for their taste. The weather for Spring Break has been fickle, with rain and cold last week giving way to clear skies and mild temperatures over the weekend before overcast skies and moderate temperatures returned this week. The cooler weather has driven visitors away from businesses near the beach and into establishments like La Kings, famous for its 19th century-style soda fountain and wide selection of candy and ice cream. On Seawall Boulevard, businesses such as Tortuga Mexican Kitchen near 61st Street suffered from last week's miserable weather. Last week was the first of Spring Break, but most of the schools on break were from farther north, such as Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as Houston suburbs like Fort Bend and Kingswood, according to the visitors bureau. [...] by 2 p.m. the clouds had evaporated and the beaches were flooded with people, with nary a parking spot to be found.

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