Sodus Point businesses continue to struggle after wet summer

Village will launch delayed 4th of July fireworks on Saturday

After a wet summer that left Lake Ontario with record high water levels, the village of Sodus Point will finally launch their annual 4th of July fireworks. 

The village couldn't launch the display in July due to poor weather conditions. 

The event will likely draw some extra business to the community after a sluggish summer, but one restaurant owner isn't hopeful. 

"The patrons that we've had have been absolutely wonderful," Kelly Grey, the owner of Hots Point in the village said. "But we haven't had the boaters or the out-of-towners. Even our seasonal residents, a lot of them didn't come back because of the weather."

Like many businesses in the community, Hots Point has struggled much of the season. They've had to cut nine employee positions compared to years past. 

And many owners, like Grey, will be thinking of next year as the fireworks help close this one out. 

"I'm really hoping that this doesn't happen again," Grey said. "I'd like to be optimistic. But deep down inside I have a feeling this is all going to start again in late February. Let's hope not."

The fireworks display will start Saturday evening at 10 p.m. 

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