Collier County coastal businesses steer clear of Lake O releases
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CREATED Sep. 3, 2013
MARCO ISLAND, Fla.- Collier County business owners are grateful for not being affected by Lake O releases. As dark brown, murky water, seaweed and tape grass take over much of the Lee County coast, Marco Island is holding on to it's breathtaking views. Ron Hagerman, owner of Capt. Ron's Awesome Everglades Adventures wave-runner tours said his business banks on the gulf coast's beauty and this summer has been booming.
It seems like whenever there is some sort of a natural disaster or like an oil spill or something we seem to be insulated." Hagerman said.
" They're adventures more than tours, we focus on our dolphin experiences but we also educate about the mangrove and ecosystems.We're busy all the time it seems like people come here and know it's a special place." Hagerman said.
Hagerman said thankfully, the island has been able to steer clear of Lake O's harmful releases.
" I feel bad first of all for the people that are being affected by it, it certainly can affect you. If the water's not clear you can't see what you're trying to show people, I would imagine they might not come." Hagerman said.
Hagerman said he doesn't want the dark water to keep tourists away from Southwest Florida.
"Our water is clear, it is clean and we don't have any issues on the beach. Nice white sandy beaches." Hagerman said.