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From Dark Waters to Reduced Boats: The Impacts of Lake Okeechobee on Stuart’s Dive Service and At The Helm Training

BySamantha Jones

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

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Every day, diver Russell Singson prepares to clean boats beneath the murky waters. He explained that the business in Stuart has been struggling due to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Singson, who owns Barracuda Dive Service, shared videos that compared the clear water from January with the murky water caused by lake discharges that started in mid-February. This has resulted in smaller paychecks for his divers as they are unable to clean as many boats in a day. He also expressed concerns about sanitation after diving in the darker water.

On the other side of St. Lucie River, At The Helm Training is facing its own set of challenges. Operations Manager Nancy Husk stated that their bookings have decreased by 50% compared to last year due to water quality issues. Clients have expressed worries about the cleanliness of the water, which is impacting their willingness to participate in boating activities.

Husk is concerned about continued discharges and recalls the severe algae bloom that occurred in 2018. She believes that if discharges persist, it will deter younger clients who enjoy renting boats and visiting sandbars. Despite these challenges, Singson remains hopeful that Army Corps of Engineers will adjust their approach to reduce the impact of discharges on businesses and individuals alike on both sides of St Lucie River

By Samantha Jones

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