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Lakefront businesses struggle in high water, bad weather

Jul 9, 2019
Originally published on July 5, 2019 4:16 pm

Rob Buono is the manager of Bay Side Pub on Lake Road in Webster.

He says between the high water levels on Lake Ontario and a rainy spring and summer, things have been slower than usual, but he’s trying to make the best of it.

"We made up these hats, that say come hell or high water, the bay side is open and that’s been out motto this summer."

Buono says their backyard is under water, but they still have outdoor seating and space for live music and events, so it could be a lot worse.

"We’ve been really fortunate. Even though the water’s come up as high as it has, it never got into the building and we’ve never had to close."

Other businesses have not been so lucky. Earlier in the season, Silk O’Loughlin’s in Irondequoit was forced to shut its doors indefinitely.

Lake Ontario has receded by just a couple inches since its peak in June.

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