The Fourth of July is usually one of the busiest times of the year for businesses in the village of Fair Haven. Tourists come from all over the state to take part in the village’s multi-day celebration, visit Fair Haven State Park and take their boats out on Little Sodus Bay for some fishing.
That has not been the case this year, several small business owners in the area said Tuesday. The small waterfront community continues to feel the impacts of major flooding that occurred this spring.
Brendan Shambo, owner of Screwy Louie’s Sport Shop, said business is “way off” compared to previous years.
Shambo, who has owned the shop for 17 years, said fewer people are coming to the area for fishing this year because only two of the local boat launches are open.