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Muddy Waters: Stuart Dive and Boating Businesses Feeling the Heat of Lake Okeechobee Discharges

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 28, 2024
Stuart business owners feeling the effects of Lake Okeechobee water releases

Diver Russell Singson, owner of Barracuda Dive Service in Stuart, has been grappling with declining business due to the murky waters from Lake Okeechobee discharges. The water’s lack of clarity has hindered his team’s ability to clean boats efficiently, resulting in smaller paychecks for his employees. Sometimes, they have had to completely cancel work due to the murky waters that make it impossible to see anything underwater. Currently, about 50 boats are waiting for cleaning services, putting a strain on the business. In response to the murky water, Singson and his team have taken extra precautions with sanitation after diving to avoid infections.

Meanwhile, At the Helm Training located down the St. Lucie River is also facing a decline in bookings for trainings due to concerns about water cleanliness. Operations Manager Nancy Husk mentioned that their bookings have decreased by 50% compared to the previous year due to apprehension among customers about being in the water after recalling the severe algae bloom in 2018. Husk expressed her worry about the future if discharges continue, especially for younger clients who love renting boats and going sandbars. She hopes that the Army Corps of Engineers will adjust their approach to releasing water, which may help alleviate some of the impact on local businesses.

Both Singson and Husk are concerned about both economic and environmental implications of ongoing discharges from Lake Okeechobee and are hoping for a positive change.

By Samantha Nguyen

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