Sigh of relief in Peninsula as National Park, Scenic Railroad opens again, but bitterness remains

Peninsula Chamber sends letter to Congress

PENINSULA, Ohio - While there is a big collective sigh of relief in Peninsula now that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Scenic Railroad are open again, the financial damage has be done.

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to congress letting them know 55 area businesses were hit hard by a loss of business during the government shut down.

Century Cycle, which does a huge rental business for the park's hike and bike, lost at least $5,000 per week while the park was closed.

The famous Fisher's Cafe and Pub in Peninsula has been around for 50 years, but lost a lot of business during the village's busy season.

The park and railroad shutdown hit when fall colors are at their peak in the park, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Servers lost hundreds of dollars in tips, but are looking forward to seeing familiar faces this weekend.

The Fisher's cafe also has two more Friday night Clambakes this October and Lobsterfest runs through November on Wednesday nights.

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad had to refund 3,000 customers and reservations for the popular Polar Express are down 17 percent.

The Towpath Marathon was already rescheduled for Nov. 3 because of the government shutdown.

But with two weeks left in October, many workers and shop owners hope to see an influx of visitors.

One village evident said he plans to make his opinion known about the government shutdown during the next congressional election.

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