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‘More lake to love’: extra water doesn’t dampen holiday plans

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Despite rain, flooding and pandemic precautions, business boomed around Branson for some folks over the Memorial Day weekend.

Big Cedar Lodge apparently sold out. The Paddlewheel unofficially hit near record numbers despite social distancing restrictions on table seating. The Table Rock State Park Marina also achieved near record revenue over the holiday compared to previous tourist seasons.

“Like everyone else, we had to adjust to changing conditions,” Patrick Cox, co-owner of the marina and The Harbor Marina on Indian Point. “We escorted folks around the flooded parking lot to get people to the marina and their boats. It was more of an inconvenience than anything else.”

Patrick Cox, co-owner of the Table Rock State Park Marina, watches a light rain fall on the partially flooded parking lot leading to the marina and boat slips. Despite rain and pandemic precautions, the marina hit near-record revenue numbers for the Memorial Day weekend. (Branson Globe photo)

Cox said the staff also ensured access to the marina remained open and worked on Tuesday to place extra planking and rigging to keep lake enthusiasts coming and going safe at all times.

“The good news is the marina floats, the boats float,” Cox said. We just don’t tell the boats the lake is flooded. We see it as more lake to love.”

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