SWFL residents rally against Lake O releases
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CREATED Aug. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug. 24, 2013
SANIBEL, Fl. - More than 100 people gathered on the Sanibel Causeway Saturday morning for the "Save the Bay" rally.
Residents protested the Lake O releases that have resulted in the dark, murky waters at our beaches.
"I have been a Sanibel resident since 1972 the water quality is the worst I have ever seen it," Johnathan Tongyai said.
Tongyai turned to the Internet to organize the rally.
"It's effecting businesses, people are checking out early, it's effecting wildlife, the sea grasses are dying, it's just a bad situation," Tongyai said.
Supporters held signs saying things like "stop the flow" and "brown waters make us blue" and chanted.
Some pets wore signs in support of the rally, and two people dressed in full bio-hazard suits and masks rallied the crowd.
" I know July 4 I was catching tarpon in beautiful blue water, and right now the water looks like a Coke," Bob Brooks, who made Sanibel his permanent home this summer, said.
Even six-year-old Sophia Westland knows something's up.
"It's all dirty because people are dumping the dirty water in the water," Westland said.
But beyond the sound waving and chanting, residents said the rally was all about sending a message to local politicians.
"They need to pass the bills in our House and Senate to fund the projects we need to save us," Brooks said.