Stuart business owners feeling the effects of Lake Okeechobee water releases

Local Businesses Struggle with Unclear Water from Lake Okeechobee Discharges

The ongoing discharges from Lake Okeechobee are causing problems for local businesses, including Barracuda Dive Service in Stuart. Owner Russell Singson has noticed a decline in business as the water has become so muddy that visibility has decreased significantly. This makes it difficult for his team to clean boats efficiently and results in smaller paychecks as they are unable to service as many boats in a day.

At times, the water has been so murky that Singson and his team have had to completely take off work. Currently, about 50 boats are waiting for cleaning services, putting a strain on the business. In response to the unclear water, Singson and his team are taking extra precautions with sanitation after diving to avoid infections.

The Helm Training, located down the St. Lucie River, is also feeling the impact of the discharges. Operations Manager Nancy Husk mentioned that their bookings for trainings have decreased by 50% compared to the previous year due to concerns about water cleanliness. Customers are apprehensive about being in the water, especially after recalling the severe algae bloom in 2018.

Husk expressed worry about the future if the discharges continue, especially for younger clients who enjoy renting boats and going to sandbars. She hopes that the Army Corps of Engineers will adjust their approach to releasing water, which may help alleviate the impact on local businesses. Both Singson and Husk are concerned about the economic and environmental implications of the ongoing discharges and are hoping for a positive change.

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