Coastal towns brace for crowds ahead of weekend heat – NBC Connecticut

With temperatures expected in the 90s inland in Connecticut and in the 80s along the coastline, many people could flock to shore for relief.

People who live and work in Old Saybrook prepare for the Memorial Day weekend crowds.

“There are going to be boaters, people walking on the road, eating outside, it’s going to be great. I’m ready,” said Cathy Souza, who lives in Old Saybrook.

Others plan to visit the beach or spend time on the Long Island Sound.

“I’m a yachtsman and I love sailing on sunny days. And I take my daughter and our dog on the water and we love it,” said Joel Blum, who lives in Westbrook.

Restaurants along the shore, like Fresh Salt, are preparing for large crowds.

“The weather this weekend is going to be fantastic for us as we try to bring guests in and enjoy our meals outside,” said Chris Bird, General Manager of Fresh Salt.

Fresh Salt had already planned special events for the restaurant this weekend. The staff were also already planning to do a soft opening of the Marina Bar, but now with this warm weather forecast they are really ramping up.

“We’re opening our Marina Bar for the first weekend of this season and we’ve absolutely seen a bit of a pick-up in our bookings,” Bird said.

They have already had guests make reservations for lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. They will be there to welcome people who have come to escape the heat and enjoy the breeze this weekend.

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