Lake O discharge affecting charter business,...

Posted at 10:24 PM, Feb 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-06 22:24:26-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- One local charter captain says the Lake Okeechobee release is effecting his business and the causing harm to the marine life in the Caloosahatchee River. 

Captain David Menist tells Fox 4 he is out on the water pretty much every day, and the release of the water from Lake Okeechobee is bad news. 

"The problem is the bad water has come down and killed everything alive in the waster and if it hasn't killed it, it has ran away." says Menist. "I've had to cancel tons of stuff I had on the books for people on fishing trips". 

Since the release, the dip in local tourism has him wondering how he is going to provide for his son, and how this city is going to thrive like it can. 

But it isn't just David's customers noticing the effects of the release. Visitors from out of state say the Florida waters no longer resemble what they're known for. 

One visitor from Michigan told us, "When I came down here, I wanted to see crystal clear water, and then to come and see that. It's even darker than my lake at home is just unbelievable.