By Branden Ferguson, Multi Media Video Journalist - bio | email
Grand Lake -
Blue green algae has not only hurt Grand Lake over the past few years, it has also hurt area businesses. With the lake now cleaner and Summer right around the corner, business owners have noticed a difference in the number of people coming in and out of their doors.
Dick Cushman is the proud owner of Big Bamboo's Dockside Grill, and couldn't be happier with the way this year is turning out. Dick purchased the business three years ago after the previous owner sold it following poor lake conditions. Remodeling the building and changing the venue, Dick has weathered the storm and is now reaping the benefits.
On the other side of the lake in Saint Mary's, Dan Manning has also seen an increase in sales for his business. Owner of The Outdoorsman, Dan says fishing is better than years past, but it nothing like it was years ago.
With Grand Lake drawing visitors from all over, people are constantly stopping for food and drinks, and to fill up their boats and cars. This is leading to an increase in business for area gas stations.
With Grand Lake constantly improving and warm weather here to stay, business owners don't expect things to slow down anytime soon.