RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The Rapids Water Park opens Saturday, March 21 after being closed all winter.
And, they say, they're seeing first hand just how bad the economy is. This marks the 30th anniversary of the Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. It opened back in 1979.
This year, they've been flooded with more applications than in any previous year. The general manager showed us a pile of applications a foot and a half tall.
This month, they put a classified ad in the newspaper offering employment. They had 15 openings and more than 1,000 people applied for those 15 jobs.
The jobs include ticket collectors, cooks, security staff and lifeguards. The pay ranges from minimum wage to $10 an hour. The water park manager who's been here since the place opened 30 years ago says he's never seen so many people competing for so few summer jobs. And some people are clearly overqualified saying they'll take anything.
"It does surprise me. In past years, we might get 300 or 400 applications. So you never dreamed you'd have a 1,000 people showing up for 15 jobs? Not at all. It's great for me. I mean its fantastic for me. I'm gettin', I should have the best staff I've ever had. But it's sad to know that we're in this state," said Bryan Megrath, Rapids Water Park general manager.
They had so many people coming in looking for work, they literally ran out of application forms and had to order more.
They've filled the 15 openings. Anyone turning in an application now will go on a waiting list.