Growing Gas Costs Burden Boaters
Boaters, as well as businesses that depend on boating, also bear the brunt of gas costs. This may mean that many local shops and water-side restaurants are in for tough times. Water-side restaurants rely on boaters for a large portion of their income, and if boaters are spending more on gas, there's not much left over for local businesses.
According to AAA, gas prices are up more than 20 cents from a year ago. If last year was a sign, waterside restaurants at the lake may have a rough summer.
"I had a waterside restaurant and bar down here on the water and I sold it this year, but I've run it for the past six years and last year was by far the hardest hit we've been in," said Dorsey Schroeder, former restaurant owner.
While some owners prepare their boats for the upcoming season, others have left their boats in dry dock, because gas prices are simply too high.
"Its just too expensive to go out on the boat and have a whole family day of it and then go to a restaurant. I mean, by the time you run the boat gas through, you are running $600-700 a day," said Schroeder.
That's a price some boaters are choosing not to pay. According to an AAA representative KOMU spoke with, there's no relief in sight from the high prices. Gas can cost as much as a dollar more per gallon when purchased on the water, instead of on land.