Survey: Flooding Had 'Deeply Negative' Effects On Businesses

Survey: Flooding Had 'Deeply Negative' Effects On Businesses

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The best part of this boating season is the tail end. But it can't make up for a disastrous start caused by high water and flooding.

Here's one example:

"We were the only gas dock open in the entire area. We still found ourselves about 30 percent down with gas sales," said Norm Hutchinson, manager of Bonnie Castle Marina.

The Thousand Islands International Tourism Council surveyed tourism-related businesses this month and the results are called "deeply negative."

"Eighty percent of the people said they had some level of negative impacts and the average loss was 29 percent," said Gary DeYoung, Thousand Islands International Tourism Council

Comments in the survey were telling.

One anonymous business owner wrote, "I was unable to operate my business the first two months of the season. My net loss was 60 percent."
Another wrote, "We bought this business 25 years ago and have never had such a terrible season."

And then, this: "It put us out of business after 68 years."

"A couple of comments where they said, after decades in business, this'll put them out of business," said DeYoung.

A lot of boats never made it into the water this season. After this year's losses, some businesses may make changes.

"I think maybe people will probably go a little more to floating docks if they're going to build docks, because they follow the high water and the low water," said Hutchinson.

But everybody's hoping the high water part is history.

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