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Rainy weather dampens business at marinas

6:58 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
Another wet day affected business at Stardust Marina on Norris Lake.
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(WBIR-Andersonville, TN) The rainy weather is affecting business at East Tennessee marinas.

On Monday, scattered showers kept people from getting out on the water.

"We've had zero customers today," said Larry Collier, general manager/marina operations for Stardust Marina.

At Stardust Marina on Norris Lake, Collier said it has rained at least six out of the last 10 weekends.

While he does not have an exact number on how much the marina has lost, he said it is several thousands of dollars.

"We do have Sundown Saturdays here on the patio at Stardust. We feature live entertainment from 6 to 10 [p.m.] and typically by this time of year we would have had like six bands and I think as of this past Saturday, we've had a total of three since we opened in the spring," Collier said.

Stardust is not the only marina that has been feeling the effects of Mother Nature.

The owner of Sequoyah Marina, Jim Folck, said business has been slower than normal but he is hopeful it will pick up.

"Even the first two weeks of June aren't really anything to brag about. So you sort of gotta balance the ball of how many employees, how much you're actually doing during those times. We're fortunate enough that we do a lot of local business," Folck said.

Folck believes the marina's events, such as Fire on the Water, will make up for any early losses.

The marinas do expect business to pick up with nicer weather forecast for this weekend.

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