Lake Businesses Optimistic this Holiday Weekend
But, Sale said, business along the strip and the rest of the area is down about 10% from last year.
"This summer we've been a little bit slow," he admitted. "It started out well and then the heat kind of got to us, and then gas went through the ceiling and just kind of slowed everybody down."
Now, gasoline prices are down about 10 cents per gallon from last week, so businesses hope lower gas prices and lower temperatures will bring boaters back to the lake and pump up sales this holiday weekend.
"The water is still warm and I think people will be enjoying water activities and golfing and doing everything that they normally do," said Mike Page, strip business owner. "And I think that we will see a lot of shoppers also."
Businesses expect customers to start showing up Saturday morning and then leave the lake area by Monday.