Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat launch, City Island businesses hopeful for sailing season

Harrisburg

The Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat was launched Wednesday, marking the beginning of business for the spring and summer season along City Island. Even though we’ve seen our fair share of rain this year, already businesses say this year is looking much better than last.

“Last year at this time, we knew we were in for a challenging season, because we ended up pushing our launch back over two weeks because of high water,” said Jason Meckes, Executive Director of the Riverboat Society.

“Last year was a little bit of a washout with all the rain that we had,” said Cindy Michaud, owner of Café Huey.

“It was a rough year,” said Donnie Farner, owner of Doggie Delights.

Heavy rain last year did a number on businesses, along the Susquehanna River.

“We ended up losing over one third of our season,” said Meckes, Executive Director of the Riverboat Society.

City Island businesses, which rely so much on good weather hope Mother Nature is kinder in 2019.

“People don’t want to walk across that bridge or walk the whole way in from the parking lot when it’s raining,” said Michaud.

To kick off its sailing season, the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society launched the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat Wednesday, and already the outlook this year trumps 2018, especially when it comes to the river level.

“At this particular moment last year, it was over 7.5 feet. Today it’s in the 5.5 feet range, which is fine. That’s great for us. But that indicates that this should be, by all intents and purposes a much better year,” said Meckes.

And the excitement is evident.

“I hope it’s going to be a nice summer season. And that we get to get out and kayak, bike, and walk along the river every day,” said Judy Arnold, who works in Harrisburg.

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