STUART, Fla. -- Fisherman would typically be gearing up for snook season right now, which begins this weekend.
But instead of cashing in on the season, one Stuart bait and tackle shop is closing its doors instead.
John B’s Fly and Fish Tackle owner, Shay Smith, posted a sign on his door Wednesday that says the store will be closing for all of September.
Though Smith says he’s one of the only fly fishing specialty shops for more than 80 miles, he can’t help that no one wants to fish in toxic water.
The sign posted on his door tells customers to direct their complaints to Governor Rick Scott and the Army Corps of Engineers, pointing a finger at them to stop the discharges from Lake Okeechobee.
Business is the slowest it has been in 14 years.
"Our floor traffic is down probably 80 percent," said Smith. "We’re not going to convince them to go fish. Why would you even go near the water," said Smith.
Smith says it’s actually cheaper to not make money, than to have to pay to keep the lights on.
He left fliers inside the shop, with information on how to contact state and local leaders.
“They’re the ones that have the power to change this. They’re the ones who can stop dumping that water,” Smith said.
With only a couple days left to stay open, Smith says state leaders and the federal government are in control of the future of his business.
Smith is planning to reopen on Oct. 1
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