Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
Stuart business owners facing challenges due to Lake Okeechobee water releases

The murky water caused by the discharges from Lake Okeechobee has led to a decline in business in Stuart, Fla. This has affected boat cleaning services like Barracuda Dive Service, owned by Russell Singson. Singson noted that the reduced visibility underwater makes it challenging for divers to do their work efficiently, leading to smaller paychecks and delays in completing boat cleanings. Many boats remain in late status due to these issues.

Singson and his divers are now taking extra precautions with sanitation after diving, concerned about potential infections from the contaminated water. Similarly, At the Helm Training, located along the St. Lucie River, has seen a 50% decrease in bookings compared to the previous year due to concerns about water cleanliness. Operations Manager Nancy Husk emphasized that clients are avoiding water-related activities due to fears of the water quality, recalling the severe algae bloom in 2018.

Both Singson and Husk hope for a change in the Army Corps of Engineers’ approach to water releases from Lake Okeechobee, with the anticipation of a plan to reduce discharges and improve water quality. The businesses in Stuart are hopeful that these changes will be implemented soon to mitigate the negative impacts on the local economy and community.

By Aiden Nguyen

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