Beach goers return to yacht club

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jul 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-24 23:06:08-04

Beach goers are a little nervous to get back in the water at the Cape Coral Yacht Club after the Mayor closed it last week for further testing.

Those tests revealed no toxins in the water and the beach has since reopened.

"Usually there are a lot more people on the beach, It's usually crowded. That's why we like coming out, people watch, enjoy the beach and the water," said Leigh MacDonald, who moved to Cape Coral in order to be closer to Southwest Florida's beaches.

A few people tested the waters after the yacht club's reopening earlier this week. Many were disappointed last weekend when the mayor had "no swimming signs" posted on the beach.

"A little bummed, a little bummed. We like to come here and hang out. We didn't know when it was going to come back on so when we heard it came back on, it's the first place we came," said Zachary Newbury.

Southwest Floridians curious to see if the water quality improved following last week's closing.

"It looks like it cleared up a lot compared to what it was. I mean there was a lot of algae. You can see green everywhere and today I haven't seen anything. Today it looks normal," said Newbury.

Others were still not impressed with the way the water looked.

"It's really disappointing because you know we don't want to travel to other towns to go in the ocean, to get relief from the heat and the sun. So it's kind of depressing that we can get in our own water here," said Sherry MacDonald.

There were families playing in the water, but most were hesitant to take the plunge.

"Some of the people are just afraid to swim in the water because of the releases," said Israel Robinson.

Beach goers agreed that water quality is an important issue in this year's election.

"That's going to be a concern for us. and who's going to be voting for that and looking to try and clear up the water for us," said Sherry MacDonald.