ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Almost like the Friday the 13th full moon, there is room available at the St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine -- a rare occurrence.
Owner Joe Finnegan says the success of his bed and breakfast depends on the weather and Hurricane Dorian was not a welcome visitor.
"We had a good eight or nine days when we were without many tourists here in St. Augustine," Finnegan said.
He's been keeping his eye on the latest tropical outlook and thankfully he's staying open for business. He was closed for a week for Dorian, which meant his 19 bedrooms were empty.
"We are heavily dependent on Floridians," he said. "So, when the whole state looked like it may have the hurricane experience of Dorian, people started canceling way before the initial forecast showed it landing here."
He says foot and vehicle traffic remains slow in Downtown St. Augustine. He's hoping the nightlife picks up soon considering tourism is the major economic engine for the city.
Finnegan is breathing a sigh of relief this weekend's weather cooperates so he can recoup some of his losses from last week.
"A lot of people spent a lot of time and money in Florida preparing for Dorian. Some want to travel this weekend, but some don't want to travel this weekend," he said.