Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Businesses Rely on Good Weather

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Businesses Rely on Good Weather

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SUMMER FISHING

There are a lot of folks here on the Suncoast who make their living in the "boating for bucks biz" as I like to call it.

Offshore charters, inshore guides, sightseeing boats, parasail operators, boat rentals, etc. One thing this fraternity has in common is a rather large investment in the tools of the trade, namely boats. There is also a huge dependence on the weather as to whether you keep your head above water. It goes without saying, that those in the industry keep an extremely watchful eye on the weather.

This past week presented a situation that made me glad I have retired as a full-time guide. I've seen countless tropical systems over my years here, but the forecasting and media hype for Erika was a total nightmare for those needing to make decisions well ahead of time to protect their investments and how to deal with customers on a daily basis who want to be out on the water, but rely on you to make decisions as to whether they would be safe out there. …

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