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Slow signs of improvement at Fort Myers Beach

Posted at 10:26 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 07:27:26-05
FT. MYERS BEACH, Fla.- Some signs business may be returning to normal along Ft. Myers Beach, weeks after water released from Lake Okeechobee caused pollution in the area.
 
"There is still business coming, we've got Easter right around the corner, we hope it doesn't continue to be a problem," said Captain Michael Obeginski of Back Bay charters.
 
He's seen an improvement in the water over the past few days, but says cancelations have racked up over the past few weeks.
 
"Who knows what chain of the eco system that they destroyed that will never come back."
 
Obeginski is referring to the Army Corps of Engineers which said it will lessen the amount of water released from the lake this weekend.   Obegenski is hoping state leaders find a way to clean and filter the water that is released from the lake, or this will continue to be a problem.
 
"People won't come and swim in waters that they can't see their hand when it goes under the water, when they could go to Naples, to crystal blue waters."
 
Michael Ensor, a spokesperson with the Lani Kai resort in Ft. Myers Beach says there is has not been a drop in business as of late, and he is seeing big crowds for spring break.