Area Marinas Preparing for Memorial Day Weekend

by: Jacob Blount, Ozarks First

Memorial Day Weekend is beginning and Marinas are preparing for crowds.

Co-owner of State Park Marina, Bob Cox, says they are expecting a decent amount of people this weekend.

“We’ve modified our rental program to try to make smart decisions on how to get folks out on the water safely,” said Cox, “We disinfect the boats every morning before a family would go on them. We clean them and disinfect them again that night in preparation for the next day.”

All of his rentals now feature a safety tag that reads the last time they were sanitized. He is also taking online orders so that he can take parties directly to their boat without coming inside the marina’s lobby.

Cox says he coined the new phrase ‘nautical distancing’ instead of social distancing.

“So the lake for so many of us is the ultimate COVID-19 getaway, ” said Cox. “And we’re calling it nautical distancing.”

“I mean it sounds radical,” said Cole Dupont and Kate Wilson, customers. “Nautical sounds radical, I love it. I’m loving it, how do you feel about it? Naw I love it. I haven’t heard that but I love it.”

The meaning of nautical distancing is the space between the party on one boat and another.

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