Businesses on the Central Coast trying to keep up with the high demand, as many people flee from wildfire smoke

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Several hotel managers said they were completely sold out this Labor Day weekend. Several factors played into that— beautiful weather, great beaches and because Tahoe is shut down due to the raging Caldor fire, pushing people to the Central Coast instead. While many managers appreciate the tourist traffic, they’re also dealing with staff shortages, making the weekend challenging. Whether it’s traffic on the roads or not foot, the hustle and bustle was happening on the Central Coast during Labor Day weekend. Even more so this year, with historic fires burning in other popular tourist destinations. “We’re seeing the usual people from over the hill in San Jose but this year I think we’re seeing a lot more people up from the Tahoe area,” said restaurant general manager, Lance Haggard. The big crowds combined with a staffing shortage, many business managers are filling in to meet the demand. “Usually we’d have plenty of people knocking on our door to work but this year it’s been a struggle,” Haggard said. Many people who are tired of the smoke from the Caldor fire, packed their essentials and made their way here for some fresh air. “I’ve been in the smoke months and months, it just hasn’t stopped,” said Tahoe resident, Rodney Perry. Rodney Perry is one Tahoe resident that evacuated on his on Thursday. “They closed the schools down for my kids my work is shut down so I decided one last vacation for summer,” Perry said. He says the smoke is unbearable. “All my friends when I ask them how they’re feeling, everybody says I’ve had a headache for weeks, hard time breathing, anybody with asthma is sick and even the animals are not feeling great,” Perry said. And the anxiety is extreme but that the Central Coast beaches bring a little bit of peace. “My kids were nervous but once you get to the beach everybody’s more relaxed,” Perry said. Perry said that many of his loved ones back home in Tahoe are out of their homes and camping but all of them, himself included are just hoping their home is still standing once they return.

Several hotel managers said they were completely sold out this Labor Day weekend. Several factors played into that— beautiful weather, great beaches and because Tahoe is shut down due to the raging Caldor fire, pushing people to the Central Coast instead. While many managers appreciate the tourist traffic, they’re also dealing with staff shortages, making the weekend challenging.

Whether it’s traffic on the roads or not foot, the hustle and bustle was happening on the Central Coast during Labor Day weekend. Even more so this year, with historic fires burning in other popular tourist destinations.

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“We’re seeing the usual people from over the hill in San Jose but this year I think we’re seeing a lot more people up from the Tahoe area,” said restaurant general manager, Lance Haggard.

The big crowds combined with a staffing shortage, many business managers are filling in to meet the demand.

“Usually we’d have plenty of people knocking on our door to work but this year it’s been a struggle,” Haggard said.

Many people who are tired of the smoke from the Caldor fire, packed their essentials and made their way here for some fresh air.

“I’ve been in the smoke months and months, it just hasn’t stopped,” said Tahoe resident, Rodney Perry.

Rodney Perry is one Tahoe resident that evacuated on his on Thursday.

“They closed the schools down for my kids my work is shut down so I decided one last vacation for summer,” Perry said.

He says the smoke is unbearable. “All my friends when I ask them how they’re feeling, everybody says I’ve had a headache for weeks, hard time breathing, anybody with asthma is sick and even the animals are not feeling great,” Perry said.

And the anxiety is extreme but that the Central Coast beaches bring a little bit of peace.

“My kids were nervous but once you get to the beach everybody’s more relaxed,” Perry said.

Perry said that many of his loved ones back home in Tahoe are out of their homes and camping but all of them, himself included are just hoping their home is still standing once they return.

Contributed by local news sources

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