ACWORTH, Ga. -- The summer forecast for metro Atlanta's economy has one facet that is sparkling:
The massive lake economy is booming once again.
Allatoona and Lanier are back, after the past few years of literal and economic drought.
The lakes' levels are nearly back up to full pool again, just as boaters and tourists are returning to the lakes with money to spend.
Marinas are expecting good summer business, for a change.
"I think it's probably going to be higher than it's been in the last, I'd say, five years, for sure," said Tara Anderson, the accounts manager for Holiday Harbor Marina and Resort, at Allatoona Lake in the Bartow County part of the City of Acworth.
Anderson said Monday that Holiday Harbor's profits are already up 33 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year.
Boat sales, alone, are up 144 percent. As soon as the business puts new boats on the lot, they're sold.