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LAKE MARTIN, AL (WSFA) -

Hank Golden and his grandson are about to become two brave souls when they drop their boat in the frigid waters of Lake Martin. 

It's sunny but very cold and they know it. 

""We're prepared. We got our coats. We're used to it," said Golden of Tallassee. 

Overall, the month of March has been nothing to celebrate for Bekah Hepburn. Hepburn runs a little shopping strip near the lake and says business is down between 5 to 10% compared to last March. 

"Good weather is crucial for us. If it rains no one wants to be on the water and if it's cold no one wants to be out," Hepburn said. 

On the lake Scott Goslin says March is the month many schools take their spring breaks including universities. The gas pumps are quiet along with the boat motors. The only churning the water these days are the ducks and the wind. 

"Overall traffic is down about 5% but we haven't seen any drop in sales," said Goslin who is the Merchandise Manager for Russell Marina on Lake Martin. 

Even though the month of March has been so-so compared to last March, businesses say the real show begins Memorial Day weekend, the beginning of summer vacation. 

It's clear many people are waiting a little longer for the temperature to rise and become more consistent, not waiting are the Goldens who decided to the take the plunge now.

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