An October Beach Day for Many on Tuesday

With it feeling like summer in October, some of Connecticut’s favorite seasonal shoreline businesses filled up Tuesday.

Dozens of people took lunch outside at Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, ordering their favorite summer eats in the fall.

"We drove down from Lebanon just to eat this because we usually come in the summer almost every week," Joyce Noy said while enjoying a lobster roll.

"Seventy-seven degrees on Oct. 10. We could be shoveling," her husband, David Noy, said.

A summer-like autumn has made up for a cold, wet spring, according to Captain Scott’s staff.

"It was great waking up today. Sent the kids off to school and came out with my mom for a lobster roll," Nicole VanOverloop from Waterford said.

Berry’s Ice Cream & Candy Bar in New London opened on a Tuesday – which is not a scheduled day this time of year because of the unseasonably warm temperature.

"I closed yesterday because it was so bad, but the weather for the rest of the week looks amazing," the ice cream shop owner Laura Beckham said.

Within the first half hour of opening, Beckham had four or five families waiting for a scoop and that was before she posted that she was open on Facebook.

"Not the greatest summer. So this month is making up for the majority that we didn’t have," she added.

Just when many thought it was time to put away the beach towel for the season, some played hooky from school and work to enjoy a day on the beach at Rocky Neck State Park.

"I didn’t expect it to be this warm," said 8-year-old Madison Murphy, of Suffield.

Others, like Jodi Fogarty, is hoping the warm stretch stretches even longer.

"I was here last year on Oct. 18," Fogarty, a Windsor resident, said. "I’m praying for it."

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