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Lake Guntersville State Park sees first profit since 1998

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GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Lake Guntersville State Park will see a profit this year.

This comes after the park was threatened with closure by the governor for lack of profits in the past.

Achieving profitability wasn't easy. Park officials say over the years, with renovations and then repairs after the 2011 tornadoes, this is the first time since 1998 the park has seen a profit.

And Lake Guntersville will be busy again this weekend with the Water Backyard BBQ Cookoff that got underway on Friday.

The fiscal year ended on Friday, and park officials estimate an attendance this year of approximately 435,000 visitors.

Park Superintendent Michael Jeffreys attributes a lot of the success to public support and the staff doing an outstanding job despite the cuts that had to be made. Jeffreys says the park was in the red by some $700,000 dollars last year.

This year, they're looking at a profit of approximately $200,000.

Jeffreys hopes residents will vote for Amendment 2, which will help keep funding the parks.

“From buying vehicles all the way down to buying our uniforms. How do you plan without money not knowing what you're going to have? This is the backbone of our operations is to be able to secure these funds that's coming in from our guests and not being taken out the back door, and that's something I feel everyone should stand up and say we're not going to allow this to happen anymore," Jeffreys said.

Jeffreys hopes people will continue to support the parks by voting for Amendment 2 when they go to the polls on Nov. 8.

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