FMB beachgoers wary about water

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 23:33:27-04

As state and federal leaders get an up close look at pollution on both coasts, some beach goers are not even aware of the pollution in Lake Okeechobee.

"It makes a lot more sense, it's a good thing to at least know what's going on," said David Robinson, who is visiting from Dayton, Ohio.

Robinson and his wife didn't know the ocea at Ft. Myers Beach became clouded after water levels were reduced in Lake Okeechobee. The excess fresh water clashed with the salt water.

But long time Floridians, like George Manning of Boca Raton, are well aware of the problem.

"I fished St. Lucie waters for 25 years and the water dumpage over there is the same problem you're having over here."

And that problem is manmade, and until a short term or long term solution is found, many of you will have to make the best of your vacation and holiday weekend.

"We've actually spent the whole time we've been here at the pool because the beach didn't smell well," said Robinson.

Fox-4 spoke with several hotels and businesses in Collier County, they say they haven't received extra bookings from people trying to get away from beaches affected by the pollution.