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July 21, 2013

Plattsburgh City Beach attendance heating up

PLATTSBURGH — After a slow, rainy start to the season, attendance at the City of Plattsburgh beach complex is rising fast.

“We’ve had a very strong 10 days from just after the Fourth of July,” Recreation Director Steve Peters said.

“We’ve had a ton of people out there and a lot of local people, which is outstanding.”

The spike in attendance in recent weeks is largely due to the steamy, hot weather, Peters said. With temperatures in the high 80s many days, crowds have increased steadily.

The peak came the weekend of July 13 and 14 when nearly 2,400 people showed up, bringing in more than $5,000 in revenue.

“Last year, we only had one day when we brought in more than $2,000 and none before that since I came here in 2007,” Peters said.

“(Two weekends ago), we had two days like that.”

DELUGED WITH RAIN

Prospects weren’t that promising when the beach opened for swimming on June 8, as the area was deluged with rain. Only six people showed up on June 16 and none on June 21.

Peters said if weather is really bad and forecasts are not favorable, they close the beach and send workers home.

“Sometimes, its nice in the morning, and we will open, and then the thunderstorms roll in at 2 p.m.,” he said.

“But we try to open every day.”

CATCHING UP

The numbers started rising the weekend of July 5 and 6 as the weather cleared.

The bump in revenue has helped beach figures catch up in the race to meet the budgeted projection of $45,000 for the season. So far, the take is down about $2,600 from projections, but the warmer weather should help, Peters said.

“We are down a bit right now, but it could have been worse with the start we had,” he said.

“We’ve made it (budget projection) every year, and hopefully, if this keeps up, we will make it again this year.”

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