Lake Okeechobee Discharge and Red Tide – Can anything be Done?
Our thanks to longtime cruiser and regular Cruisers’ Net contributor for this disturbing report from south Florida.
We moved ashore to St James city Florida last August (Jean needed another hip replaced) and we still cruise on our new to us 30 Mainship Pilot. Come down and visit we have room in our canal home. The fishing was great until a month ago the discharge from Lake O and the red tide hit the area. Our last visit to Cayo Costa made us sick from all the dead fish and the red tide made us ill. Dead 400lb groupers, dolphins, manatees and over 300 turtles line the shores of Sanibel, Captiva and Cayo Costa, even a whale dead on the beach. The sad truth is no one in government is doing much than saying the same things they always do. The red tide comes every year, but the Lake O discharge is a fixable problem.
Now our biggest concern is the water here has gone from beautiful and clean to horrible and filled with dead fish. Between the red tide and Lake O waste discharges, the wildlife does not have a chance. I do not know what can be done. I know that writers like Carl Hiaasen have been complaining about the Lake O discharges since I started boating 45 yrs ago and politicals have promised and made $$$ off of vested interests that are raping Florida.
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The picture is a canal in St James City. You can google the latest news and see more dead manatees and sea turtles.
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Red Tide Invades Florida Beaches, Killing And Injuring Marine Life
NBC 6 South Florida