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Warm weather, sunny skies making boaters, businesses happy

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It's been a slow start to summer for the Coralville Lake Marina -- and everyone else. But things are finally looking up. It's been a slow start to summer for the Coralville Lake Marina -- and everyone else. But things are finally looking up.
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The Kronlage family was getting ready to take their boat out on Coralville Lake for the first time this year.

"We generally come out a dozen times a year but with the weather it has not been as welcoming for us this year," said Stephanie Kronlage of Amana.

That all changed Friday.

"It's wonderful to finally be able to get out," said Kronlage. "The kids are so excited. It's our baby's first time on the boat, so it should be a fun day."

More boaters means more customers for the Coralville Lake Marina. Fourth of July is typically the busiest week of the year for the Marina, and the weather is bringing in even more customers.

"It's going to be a good weekend, I hope," said Dan Rogers, owner of Coralville Lake Marina. "It looks like weather is going to cooperate and we'll have a lot of business."

It's been a slow start to summer for the Coralville Lake Marina -- and everyone else.

Rain during Memorial Day weekend washed out sales. Then came flooding in June. This is the first weekend of the year that the Marina's been busy.

"I don't know percentages how much we're down, but we're down a little bit," said Rogers. "We lost so many days of rental and gas sales and people walking in the door looking at new boats."

That's why employees at the Marina hope the warm weather sticks around, and so do families like the Kronlages.

All four of the marina's rentals are also out on the water. They're pretty much booked up for the rest of the weekend.

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