Cold weather dampens Spring Break on Lake Martin - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Cold weather dampens Spring Break on Lake Martin

Posted: Updated:
LAKE MARTIN, AL (WSFA) -

Hank Golden and his grandson are about to become two brave souls when they drop their boat in the frigid waters of Lake Martin. 

It's sunny but very cold and they know it. 

""We're prepared. We got our coats. We're used to it," said Golden of Tallassee. 

Overall, the month of March has been nothing to celebrate for Bekah Hepburn. Hepburn runs a little shopping strip near the lake and says business is down between 5 to 10% compared to last March. 

"Good weather is crucial for us. If it rains no one wants to be on the water and if it's cold no one wants to be out," Hepburn said. 

On the lake Scott Goslin says March is the month many schools take their spring breaks including universities. The gas pumps are quiet along with the boat motors. The only churning the water these days are the ducks and the wind. 

"Overall traffic is down about 5% but we haven't seen any drop in sales," said Goslin who is the Merchandise Manager for Russell Marina on Lake Martin. 

Even though the month of March has been so-so compared to last March, businesses say the real show begins Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of summer vacation. 

It's clear many people are waiting a little longer for the temperature to rise and become more consistent, not waiting are the Goldens who decided to the take the plunge now.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.












  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Less crowds in second Spring Break weekend

    Monday, April 21 2014 12:37 AM EDT2014-04-21 04:37:15 GMT
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcementMore >>
    If you were on Highway 90 Sunday, you may have noticed less traffic and fewer crowds on the beach. That's because the final weekend of Spring Break wrapped up Sunday. We talked to businesses and law enforcement to find out how it all went.More >>
  • Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Potential robber dies after getting stuck in oven vent

    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
    Jefferson Parish Police responded to a 911 call at Greg's Food Mart on Westwood Drive after the owner came to work to find a man's legs dangling from an oven vent in the kitchen.More >>
  • Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Gulfport man killed in I-10 rollover accident

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:53:08 GMT
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened near mile marker 36.More >>
    A Gulfport man who was thrown from his vehicle in a rollover accident Sunday night, died on the side of Interstate 10 as a result of his injuries. The accident happened just before 7pm near mile marker 36.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.