(SAVANNAH) Thousands of people take to the water on the unofficial end of summer, spending this Labor Day boating. For many, it’s the first time they’ve been out on their boats since Tropical Storm Hermine rolled through the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry last Friday. It did not take long to find boaters at the Lazaretto Creek Boat Ramp who were willing to talk about their worry over Hermine. Keith Hutto’s boat was on Tybee Island while he was home in Augusta. “I was, was kinda concerned about the boat ’cause it was parked down there, not chained up, tied up, or anything and uh, so i was, i was wondering how much damage could actually come as low as the island sits.” said Hutto. His boat made it through the storm unscathed, but Kenny Dunham of Savannah says one of his boats wasn’t so lucky. “I have a smaller boat and a tree fell on it…crushed it a ‘lil bit, but with this one, I had a back up.” Dunham said as he prepared to pull his larger boat up the ramp after a morning of fishing.
There were plenty of people out on their boats on the holiday honoring the Labor Movement. Many spend the holiday away from work, enjoying the recreational aspect of the natural resource that is the coastal waterways. It’s a resource boaters say adds a priceless element to their quality of “salt life”. “It’s a great way to get out and relax with your family. My father taught me boating when I was old enough, you know, 3 – 4 years old and I fished with him, fresh water fished and now I’m trying to get learning the coastal water fishing.” Hutto said. Even with one of two boats damaged by Tropical Storm Hermine, Dunham takes stock in the fact that he still had the ability to get out on the water and do what he loves on Labor Day 2016: Fish! “A bad day fishing is always better than a good day at work.” Dunham said with a chuckle.