Businesses at Sylvan Beach are getting ready for the summer season, and Mayor Richard Sullivan is expecting this year to be busy.
"We’re already seeing a pent up demand from the public. They want to get out. They’ve got the cabin fever, and they want to get out."
One of the difficulties many businesses are having is finding additional employees. Because there’s such a lack of help, the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park has had to push their opening day back almost a month, according to Pat Goodenow the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park manager.
"We still have work to do on the Himalayan which we haven’t started yet, and is a long process. Actually a lot of heavy metal and just a lot to do," said Goodenow.
The park’s owner has also had an enormous amount of work done next door at Yesterday’s Royal.
"New roof, new windows, some flooring, a lot of foundation issues, just general re-do outside. We’re still in the process of remodeling parts of the inside. They have 2 brand new handicapped accessible bathrooms," he said.
The owner was planning on opening up the bar section of the building this year, and possibly adding a restaurant, but the lack of adequate staffing has set those plans back another year.
"A lot of my friends are in the restaurant business in Sylvan Beach, and all of them are having trouble attracting enough people, and to add another restaurant of that size into the mix for that additional help could be very difficult," he said.
While the amusement park opening has been delayed, Carello's Carousel Arcade located inside the park is independently owned, and is currently open for business.