SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) - It's been a tough boating season, particularly for those at Brunelle's Marina where cleanup is still underway after a fire destroyed their restaurant and warehouse on Friday .
But reflection has turned to optimism for Brunelle's Marina CEO Luke Brunelle Senior, "We're going to keep going and we're very optimistic," He told 22News, "We're going to work through the winter building a new restaurant and new show room, it's all going to be built brand new."
Optimism also surrounds those who dock their boat at the marina where conditions on the water have been rough for much of the late spring and summer.
Despite the tough start to the boating season with high waters and swift currents, it does look like improving conditions could mean a great end to that season.
While July rain has been closer to normal, an unusually wet June made the Connecticut River so high that Russell Jennison of Chicopee had to take his boat out of the water twice.
"It's gonna improve, it can't get any worse than it's been. This is the worst summer I can ever remember for boating," Jennison explained to 22News, "It's come down, it's cleaned up which surprises me it cleaned up so quickly."
Providing rainfall stays near normal, the second half of the boating season should be easier to enjoy than the first.