Burnside, Ky. (WKYT) - It’s the calm before the storm at Lake Cumberland’s Burnside Marina. But the hope here is the ‘storm’ means a rush of boaters and business..and not wind and rain leftover from a hurricane.
“With any holiday, you have to expect a busy weekend. All of our rental boats are booked. We are expecting a pretty big crowd,” said John Large with Burnside Marina.
Large says despite a nasty forecast….many of the typical boaters are still expected to flood into Pulaski County for one last holiday getaway.
“It should be one of the biggest weekends we’ve had all year,” said Harold Hampton with Hampton’s Marathon.
Hampton says holiday weekends can mean a huge difference in the bottom line.
“This will help us get over the hump. Pay a few bills,” he said.
The storm is also causing a spike at the pump.
“Prices are up a little but I still think people like boating and they realize gas is a cost they have to put up with basically,” said Large.
And if you think it’s expensive filling up your car or boat on land, wait till you see the price at many marinas. Most charge anywhere from $5 to $5.30 a gallon, meaning if you have a pontoon, it’s going to cost you about $150 to fill it up.
Still, many believe the 3 day weekend is reason enough to get away…and the weather or expensive travel won’t keep people from the last chance to enjoy one of Kentucky’s premiere sites this weekend.
“I think they will. They’ve been home too long,” said Hampton.
“In the past people tend to show up despite the weather,” echoed Large.