Businesses, amusement parks and police prepare to welcome spring break crowds

Monday marks the first day of spring break for tens of thousands of students in the metro, and Six Flags Over Georgia is preparing to welcome larger crowds.

Channel 2’s Courtney Francisco I spoke with park visitors and a business owner about WSB Tonight at 11 p.m.

“That means a lot of kids will come,” Roy McCoughtry said.

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McCoughtry just moved his Epicenter ice cream and snow cone store outside of the park.

This will be his first Spring Break season at this location.

“Here it’s excellent, right next to Six Flags, a wonderful opportunity for great deals,” McCoughtry said.

Six Flags extends park hours this week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors should expect longer queues.

“I think they’re going to be booming,” Robert Mayer said.

The mayor was visiting family on Sunday and noticed police patrolling inside and outside the gates.

Just like another visitor, Jalesa Taylor.

“There are cops on every street corner. They walk around the park and it’s all pretty safe,” Taylor said.

Earlier this month, Six Flags announced plans to increase security after opening weekend, gunshots were included.

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Police said they had to push hundreds of teenagers out of the park for fighting inside.

In a parking lot near the park, investigators said a A 15-year-old shot at police and a Cobb County officer returned fire to him. The teen survived and no one else was injured.

Park staff said they will beef up their security team by paying officers from multiple agencies to patrol the park this season.

McCoughtry said neighboring businesses have told him to expect a large turnout, so he has a full staff.

“They said you better be ready because they’re coming like crazy,” McCaughtry said. “So, I’m like, okay! Let’s do it!”

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