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Temporary boat restriction hurting business

Canandaigua, N.Y. As storm cleanup continues, the residual effects from all that debris and water remain.

On Friday, the Ontario County Sheriffs Office announced Honeoye and Canandaigua lakes would be closed to motorized boats due to the sheer amount of debris still in the water as well as the unusually high water levels.

A similar restriction also went into effect in Yates County at Keyka lake.

Some businesses banking on the traditional boost from Memorial Day are feeling the hurt because of the temporary rules.

Its been a different start to the summer, thats for sure, said Laura Hoffman, whose family owns and operates Captain Grays Bait and Lake Shop along the pier in Canandaigua. Financially its probably going to hurt us a little bit, but hopefully the weather stays nice and we can get right back on track.

Hoffman added this is a major opening weekend for Camptain Grays, and its odd to have business so quiet.

Nobody is really buying anything, she added. "Nobody is allowed [motorized boaters] on the lake, so it kind of hurts the fish and tackle side of our business."

Just outside on the pier is hot dog vender Charles Battle, who cant remember the last time the lakes were closed to motorized boats.

Theres usually 100 or 150 boats out there, he said, pointing to the water. It will affect the whole city of Canandaigua in one way or another.

Battle added that hes confident things will turn around once the restrictions are lifted.

Its just a stumbling block, he said. Next week the weather will be nice, and well kick off the summer.

Its not yet clear when the motorized boat ban will be lifted.

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Washington Times