Business bouncing back

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

LAKE TEXOMA, Tex. -- The waters at Lake Texoma have fallen 16 feet since the beginning of July when they overflowed the Denison Dam Spillway. In fact, they're falling by half a foot each day. Those receding waters are good news for business and tourism at the lake.

Workers at Tanglewood Resort say even though their facilities were not damaged by floods, their revenue was, and they hope Labor Day weekend will help them bounce back.

Sales and marketing managers say Tanglewood lost half of its hotel revenue in June and July, since most corporations couldn't take clients on fishing trips on the lake, but the resort stayed open through the floods.

They rebooked clients for the fall and expect a high turnout Labor Day weekend.

"We're all gearing up for a big Labor Day weekend. We're already sold out, and it looks like if the weather stays good throughout the rest of the fall, we can have a pretty good end of the year," says Jim Mullins, the Tanglewood marketing and sales director.

At High Port marina, crews power wash the parking lots, as mud and silt left a layer over the pavement. The marina opened the boat ramp and gas docks on Tuesday and expect high traffic Labor Day weekend, says Tim Hayes High Port general manager.

The High Port and Lake Texoma fireworks displays are scheduled for September 2nd. High Port also plans to host an all ages event in the parking lot since Pompano's restaurant is closed.

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