Shoreline Resorts Prepare for Effects of Hermine Over Holiday Weekend

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest on the calendar for Connecticut shoreline resorts.

For many people, it is a last chance to squeeze in a summer vacation. It is also a very popular weekend for weddings.

At Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, vice president Tina Dattilo is closely tracking the forecast with Hermine strengthening into a hurricane as the storm moves over Florida.

“Usually, we kind of try to go business as normal no matter what happens,” she said.

Water’s Edge is hosting 200 guests for a wedding Saturday and then a second wedding party of 170 people on Sunday, Datillo said.

“They’re both planning on having their ceremonies outside so we’re hoping for good weather,” Datillo said, “but if not we’ll have a beautiful space for them also.”

In case there is a rain out either evening this weekend, the plan is to hold the weddings inside a ballroom.

"Brides are usually nervous no matter what,” Datillo said, “so hopefully we’ll have clear weather for them, but we’ll have to see, that’s not up to us.”

Bands scheduled to play outdoors may also need to move inside this weekend, Datillo said.

With the on and off rain Thursday, the outdoor bar and dining area was empty, and so were the chairs lining the beach.

Even without ideal end of summer weather, Pat Campellone and her friend from Rhode Island were determined to relax on their last day at the resort.

“We’ve made the best of it, been to the spa, and again going to go out there anyway right now on the beach,” she said.

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