Warm, dry weather provides boost for Kentucky marinas

Posted at 6:53 PM, Sep 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 00:38:19-04

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's usually around Labor Day when things start to slow down around Pandora Marina in Harrodsburg.

The owners cut back on hours and staff as fewer people are wanting to get out on Herrington Lake.

But as October approaches, the marina is still operating as if it's the middle of summer, according to Manager Josh Bartley.

"It's keeping everybody busy, that way we can still run a full crew and keep the restaurant going another few weekends," he said.

Continued hot and dry weather has meant perfect boating weather, he said, and people are taking advantage of it.

"i'm loving it, having the extra couple weekends," Bartley said.

But the dry weather has also meant burn bans across dozens of Kentucky counties and some farmers said the lack of rain has hurt crops.

Even those thrilled about what feels like an "Endless Summer," said they're ready for some change.

"The lake is down and everything is dry so i think we could use a shot of rain," said boater Charlie Nuckols.

Until then, he said, he plans to be on the water as long as possible.