Boaters Dealing with Disappointing Summer

By Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Cool temperatures across the viewing area set record lows this morning.

In Dubuque, the temperature dropped to 48. That easily passed the record of 52 set back in 1912.

That cool weather, plus recent flooding, is making things difficult for businesses that make their money in the summer months.

For middle school teacher Zach Fromm, summertime usually means one thing.

“I’d say at least once per week. And this summer, there it sits, “said Fromm.

Here it is, July 16th and he’s just now wiping the winter off his beloved boat.

“You don’t even want to go to the beach. The sand is going to be cold up at Waupeton or Finley. It’s pretty miserable. “

That same disappointment echoes upriver at Hawkeye Boat Marina.

Hawkeye’s Jason Billmeyer said, “You know we feel it a little bit. Sales are down at the gas pump. “

Boats remain parked in the marina, but Billmeyer says least the fish are biting.

“They’re going to enjoy the water one way or another. Whether they are looking at it from the bar and restaurant or sitting in their slip, or the few who are going out to the beach and having a good time anyway,” said Billmeyer.

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