STUART, Fla. - For the first time in a month the neon sign is lit at John B's Fly and Light Tackle in Stuart. The store was closed the entire month of September.
"Anytime you shut down you lose possible revenue but there's no point staying open if there's no business coming in the door," said owner Shay Smith.
Smith says some of the supplies you find here can't be found for miles around still, "The financial reality is there's no point in being open if everything around town is don't go near the river, don't go fishing," said Smith.
Smith says his business is down 60-70% this summer because of the toxic water and its not all local biz he's lost. He's had clients call from as far way as Nebraska.
With snook season underway and tarpon coming back, Smith tries to remain optimistic about the future.
"I think the reality is nothing will get done. They'll kick the can down the road and pass it to the next guy," said Smith.
With the current paralysis in Washington, Smith fears the lagoon crisis isn't going to be top of mind.
"There's a lot of people putting a lot of emphasis making it known to everybody what's going on but we're way down."
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