Dozens are people on the Treasure Coast are getting ready for a funeral. Many activists says last week's decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to delay a solution to the discharges from Lake Okeechobee was the nail in the coffin for the Indian River Lagoon.
People are angry about the Army Corps' decision which they believe will kill the water they live and play on. Now they're in mourning and plan to hold a public funeral.
3,000 people have been invited to an Facebook called Funeral Services for Our Indian River Lagoon. The service is Saturday, May 3.
"We are feeling that we are preparing for a funeral because we don't know what the future is," says business owner Irene Gomes.
Gomes owns the Driftwood Motel in Jensen Beach. It took a hit after last year's toxic water problems.
"Last year I lost over $2,000 per month over that time," says Gomes.
Since then she has fought for a solution to the problem. Many believe the Central Everglades Planning Project is the answer but the Army Corps has delayed its approval. Gomes and others worry it will be postponed for years.
"We need to get the attention of our politicians," says Gomes, We need to get the attention of our local, state and federal government."
That's why they're holding a funeral.
"We're letting the government know we're not going quietly in the night," says Lee Shepard.
"This is the death of the Indian River Lagoon," says Gomes, "If something isn't done and something isn't done soon we're facing death."
Advocate groups for the lagoon plan to wear black, have coffins and they're getting a hearse. There will also be plenty of signs.
"We've destroyed and we're disgusted about the outcome," says Shepard.
The funeral for the lagoon will be this Saturday morning at the St. Lucie locks in Stuart.