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Park has record month
Summer Waves on Jekyll Island has something to crow about this summer.

It posted its best July on record, says Steve Sharpe, general manager of the popular water park.

Just in that one month about 55,600 guests visited the park, bringing in more than $670,000.

That has done wonders for park revenue.

"From May 5 to now we've done about $1.4 million in revenues, which is about $76,000 or 6 percent over last year for the season," Sharpe said.

Sharpe knows that temperatures with heat indexes reaching into triple digits helps business, but he likes to think the park's atmosphere is also responsible for the increase in customers.

"I'd like to think it's that we do a good job. We provide a nice, clean family environment," he said.

"We're not Disney World or anything, but we don't charge those prices either."

The record month follows another milestone. Opening weekend, the water park saw more than 1,500 guests, making it the biggest seasonal opener on the books.

It's a trend that Sharpe hopes will continue until the park closes for the winter.

"I think people are looking for a deal," Sharpe said. "We're a very good deal for the money."

He's not expecting a record month in August, even though it normally is a lot hotter than July.

When students return to the classroom today, Summer Waves will close its doors on weekdays, remaining open on Saturdays and Sundays only through Sept. 22.

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