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Prep helps Freeport boat biz survive

The 90 boats at Ocean Marine in Freeport escaped the storm virtually unscathed, and Paul Balabus, the marina’s vice president, credits it to preparation.

Workers took the three days before the storm hit to haul all of the boats out of the water and onto higher ground.

“If we didn’t have the warnings, a lot of boats would have been in trouble,” Balabus said.

Meanwhile, Megean Lyng was out Monday morning cleaning up branches from the grounds of the Freeport Yacht Club on Guy Lombardo Avenue. She rode out the storm at the marina — keeping an eye on the club and on a boat owner who stayed on his vessel.

“I made him a plate of dinner and took it over there,” Lyng said.

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