MIAMI (CBS4) – A cold front may have brought chill temps to South Florida, but that didn’t stop locals and tourists from going out this holiday weekend.

People around South Florida woke up to sudden temperatures in the 40’s, a climate that they aren’t really used to.

“It’s really cold — we had to dust off our jackets because we haven’t worn them all year,” Stephanie Canot, a resident of Miami Beach, told CBS4’s Silva Harapetian.

As the wind blew and things started to get a little chillier, Miami Beach locals and tourists tried to keep their cool in the cold.

“You deal with it,” said resident Evette Hererra. “You just wear a short dress and you’re just like ‘I’m freezing but at lease I’m gonna look fabulous’.”

The winter weather dip didn’t keep many people home. The Coconut Grove Art Festival was packed and so was Lincoln Road late Saturday.

The Boat Show also brought in a lot of tourists; more people were there this year than last year.

“I think those are the tourist. They’re from out-of-town; they’re used to the cold. This is nothing for them,” said Mike Pino, a boat show visitor.

As for the businesses on Miami Beach, the cold didn’t slow them down.

Business owners said that the many events that took place this weekend is what brought down the tourists from up North and kept them busy, if it was any other weekend things would have been pretty slow.


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