• Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

From Dive Service Struggles to Boat Rental Decline: How Lake Okeechobee’s Discharges Are Affecting Local Businesses in Stuart and the St. Lucie River”.

BySamantha Jones

Mar 28, 2024
Stuart Business Owners Feeling Effects of Lake Okeechobee Water Releases

Diver Russell Singson of Barracuda Dive Service is facing challenges every day as he gears up to clean boats below the surface. He explained that business in Stuart has been suffering due to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee, which have made it nearly impossible for his divers to complete their work efficiently. Singson shared videos comparing the clear water in January to the murky water caused by the lake discharges that began in mid-February, resulting in smaller paychecks for his divers.

On the other side of the St. Lucie River, At The Helm Training is also grappling with their own set of challenges. Operations Manager Nancy Husk mentioned that their bookings are down by 50% compared to last year, citing concerns about water quality as a major factor. Clients have expressed worries about the cleanliness of the water, which has impacted their willingness to participate in boating activities.

Husk is concerned about continued discharges and recalls the severe algae bloom in 2018, which deterred many younger clients who enjoyed renting boats and visiting sandbars. Despite these challenges, Singson remains hopeful that adjustments can be made by the Army Corps of Engineers to reduce the impact of these discharges on both businesses and customers alike.

Singson’s concerns about sanitation after diving in murky water were also brought up during our conversation. He expressed worry that this could lead to illnesses among divers and customers alike.

Overall, both businesses are facing challenges due to poor water quality caused by Lake Okeechobee’s discharges. As a journalist, I urge local authorities and stakeholders to address this issue promptly before it further harms local businesses and communities.

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By Samantha Jones

As a dedicated content writer at newszxcv.com, I bring a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail to every piece I create. With a background in journalism and a love for crafting engaging narratives, I strive to deliver informative and captivating content that resonates with our readers. Whether I'm covering breaking news or delving into in-depth features, my goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire through the power of words. Join me on this journey as we explore the ever-evolving world of news together.

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