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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Some businesses at Delaware's beaches are offering incentives for those who stay, but others say they are sticking it out with what workers they  have left until labor weekend at the beach. 

The tables were full at Grotto Pizza on Thursday, and employees are working hard to please.

"Our manpower for was summer was 100 employees, so we'll drop back to 20. It's a pretty substantial amount, we've probably lost about 40 employees already," said manager Chris Short. 

With school and sports around the corner, Short said the staff at Grotto's is dwindling. The Rehoboth Avenue restaurant pulls from other locations to meet its needs. 

At the Funland amusement park, employees were offered an incentive if they stayed on after Aug. 17.

"Three weeks before we close we increase our pay, and over the course of two weeks it goes up quite a lot for them, that's why our employees like to stick around to see pay increases at the end of summer," said Chris Darr, a manager at Funland.

As a result, even some local high schoolers will come back after school.  

"Because of the pay increase and bonus at the end of the season, they want to work a little bit after school, from 5- 9p.m. and we wouldn't see that if we didn't have the bonuses and extra incentive to work to the end," Darr said. 

Some businesses said they hire new employees around this time of the year to work into the winter or until establishments close for the season. 

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