“I canoed to work” says owner of popular restaurant temporarily closed due to flooding


The paint is fresh, the bar-stools in place, but recent flooding will keep Blue Moon Waterfront Grille from opening on time. 

“You can see we’re laying dormant,” said Dougie Ray, General Manager. “Waiting on a reprieve from the rain.”

That reprieve has lasted now nearly three weeks. But water remains high in Rock Harbor Marina. 

The wettest February on record has led to a first for Blue Moon, which opens every year during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.

Due to flooding, Blue Moon is currently without water or power for the foreseeable future. 

The restaurant is surrounded by an estimated 10-plus feet of excess water. 

“It’s a demanding situation, I borrowed a canoe from one of the boaters here, and canoed to work,” Dougie explained. “If we didn’t have the capabilities with the wenches, we would be underwater.”

The business is on a dock, connected to several winches that have helped keep it afloat. 

Now, Dougie and staff are at mother nature’s whim, waiting on 10-plus feet of water to subside. 

“We appreciate your patience, apologize for the inconvenience,” Dougie said, in a message to patrons. “Hoping for good weather soon, and often, and we’ll see you soon.”

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