Pay What You Can to Paddle Casco Bay
Mainers are resilient and clever and there's a new 'pay-what-you-can' option to have fun on Casco Bay.
News Center Maine reports that Portland Paddle on the Eastern Promenade was afraid with all the cancellations and the uncertain summer, that they were actually going to have to close for the season.
But when you get cancellations, you get creative. The owner of Portland Paddle, Zach Anchors, decided to get Mainers to come visit and is offering for the month of June pay-what-you-can for paddling adventures! He needs Mainers to come out, without them...he may have to close. And if June is successful, he might just extend the offer.
Zach has never had to worry about business with thousands of tourists, business groups and summer camps. All of those are taking a backseat during COVID-19. These are trained guides that will take you out to explore Casco Bay by kayak or paddleboard. If you've never done it, they have lessons for beginners and kids.
Zach has been able to keep his employees thanks to money he got through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
They are also being safe with social distancing signs at the rental shop. They are also asking people to wear masks and the equipment is regularly sanitized.