Beaches, boats and business: Lake Hopatcong hoping for a better year

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The conditions in Greenwood Lake and Lake Hopatcong have closed the waters to all except boating.

NorthJersey.comLast summer was a nightmare for Lake Hopatcong due to an outbreak of potentially toxic algae that closed it and some of New Jersey’s other popular summer lake destinations.Desperate to recover in 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic has placed severe restrictions on visitors to the state’s largest lake and the businesses that depend on it. Drone image of docked boats on Lake Hopatcong during the Harmful Algal Bloom on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Mount Arlington. (Photo: Danielle Parhizkaran and Tariq Zehawi/NorthJersey.com)Some good newsFollowing Gov. Phil Murphy ‘s announcement this week authorizing the reopening of beaches, parks and recreational facilities, boats are already being removed from their winter-storage slips and hitting the water this week at Lake Hopatcong. The lake spans 4 square miles in four towns in Morris and Sussex counties.”We’re getting people up and running to start the season,” said Ed Alonge, general manager of Barnes Brothers Marine on the eastern shore of Lake Hopatcong in Mount Arlington. “We’re selling boats, selling gas, bringing service. We’re doing OK.”Alonge had not yet reviewed a new color-coded health alert index …

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