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Summer means business in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE -- The first official weekend of summer is over but business is just starting to boom in Lake George.

The popular get away destination saw packed streets on Sunday while stores were full, and the beach was busy. Business owners say the shinning sun helped bring the people out.

"I think they are here and anxious to jump into the lake do some shopping," said Eric Melito, an arts and crafts vendor.

Business owners agreed Sunday the sun was going to dictate whether or not it would be a successful summer.

"It hurts business a lot," Trisha Crosse said of the rain. "We get a lot of campers up here, people do a lot of outdoor stuff so if it is rainy we don't get a lot of business."

Crosse, who owns Sadies on Canada Street, said Memorial Day weekend business was "rough" because of the weather.
 
Tony Chiaravalle, co-owner of Gino and Tony's Pizza, says the locals are fortunately loyal enough to keep them in business all year but it's the summer months where they have the ability to make some money.

"I think most of the business in Lake George is tourist related," said Chiaravalle.

According to figures released by the Warren County Planning and Tourism Department more than three million people a year stay in hotels in the county while nearly one million people camp nearby.