Owners of some resorts on Lake Delton worry fresh water won't replace the weeds on the lake bed behind their properties in time for Memorial Day.
Lake Delton is now about half full, with village and state leaders saying they'll finish the refilling in the spring. But a few lakeside resort owners are concerned about when the rest of the restoration work will be complete. "We cannot get a straight answer," says Sandrift Resort owner Linda Allessi. "Are we going to have the water by Memorial Weekend, or aren't we?"
Allessi says the uncertain time line already has been hard on this summer's bookings. "Normally by this time, I would be at least a quarter booked for the season," she says. "Right now, I've got four reservations." She says after losing most of her business last year, she can't afford another bad year.
Allessi claims Lake Delton village leaders are in no hurry to restore to the lake. "They have no stake in the lake," she says. "They don't have businesses on the lake, they're livelihood doesn't rely on Lake Delton. It's hard for them to see what we've been going through."