Virus dampens popular Missouri summer tradition
June 21, 2020
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bob Franklin's canoe rental shop on Missouri's Black River has withstood 43 years of history, bolstered each year by crowds interested in getting on the river during float season. But his shop has never encountered anything like a viral pandemic.
"We're still trying to figure it all out. I don't have any positive answers," said Franklin, owner of Franklin Floats near Lesterville in southeast Missouri.
Franklin said he's anxious. He's had to prevent people from walking into his riverside shop for fear of spreading the coronavirus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.