Boating businesses happy with summer weather

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OSAGE BEACH - Labor Day weekend is wrapping up as summer is unofficially nearing its end. This season's extensively dry heat has left mid-Missouri boaters happy with its outcomes.

"It's been a fantastic summer," said Kyle Kelly, partial owner of Kelly's Port. "I know it's a challenge for other folks in other businesses, but if you're selling boats and ice cream, then it works out fantastically for us."

Since the start of May, there have been 51 days with temperatures warmer than 90 degrees. Kelly said this weather has significantly impacted gas sales, as more people are boating. 

"We've sold more gasoline this season than we've had the last 41 seasons."

For boat salesmen, this summer's weather has also helped profits.

"It's been a phenomenal year as far as new boat sales," Paul Schifferdecker, employee of MarineMax in Lake Ozark, said. "People are out, excited, spending money."

As the last few weeks of summer approach, boaters are reflecting on this year's season.

"It's been a great summer," Ken Weymuth said. "It's been pretty warm, not a lot of rain, which is bad for the farmers, but it's great for us."