I have often said, "I like a good challenge". After the 2019 and 2020 seasons, I am pretty sure that I will never utter that phrase again!
The good news is that, having a responsible and resilient staff, allowed Windmill Marina Association (WMA) to successfully meet the challenges of both years. In spite of the flood, 2019 turned out to be a pretty good year. At this point a year ago, we had no idea how Covid-19 would impact us during 2020.
We did understand that we had to strike a balance between employee safety and customer service. Following mandated guidance, WMA began the season locked down and the boat ramp was closed. As the hazards and precautions of Covid-19 were better understood, and restrictions were eased, the marina increased operations and adapted services delivered.
What we didn't understand in the spring of 2020, was that lockdowns and cancellations of normal summer activities would create unprecedented increases in boating activity. Our launch ramp was in high demand and more fuel was sold than in my previous years as manager. I don't recall a washout weekend last season but I do recall turning away launching boats by 1PM on several occasions.
If we had the trailer parking we could have filled the marina twice on several days.
If I were to pick another over used phrase; I would say that "I am cautiously optimistic," that we will have another great year. The snow and ice are gone early and we have avoided high water. I believe that folks still feel the overwhelming need to get out of the house and shake off the effects of lockdowns and mask wearing. In my opinion there is no better way to do that than by "Wetting a Line" or being "On Plane" without a no wake restriction.
Have a great year!