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Excessive gasoline costs sending individuals to search out enjoyable open air

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BOWIE COUNTY, Texas (KSLA) – High gasoline prices appear to be a plus for those working in the outdoor recreation space, but some in the industry say they’d still like to see those prices come down.

Pelicans aren’t the only ones who flock to Wright Patman Lake in Bowie and Cass counties. Many visit the park when the winter weather abates.

“Boaters have risen, campers have risen and only people who go out into nature are rising. We’re doing really well out here,” said park ranger Logan Lovelace.

Lovelace said this is all despite higher gas prices. The high cost means more people are getting outside for fun, and those who sell recreational vehicles say business is good.

Allen Rogers has owned and operated Roger’s Marine for 55 years. He said he sells and uses gasoline, which costs him more to maintain. However, he thinks concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic are causing more people to overlook these prices.

“I can’t complain about the sales we’ve had. So they come into our store and they buy ATVs, UTVs, motorcycles, boats, engines and trailers,” he said.

While business is good for his industry, Rogers wishes things could get back to normal, even if it costs him sales.

“I want people to be happy and buy things. Maybe not that much, but they wouldn’t be afraid to use it. They wouldn’t mind taking their boyfriend boating, they wouldn’t mind going on motorcycle tours with others,” he said.

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