Families find alternative ways to make a splash due to no swim advisory in parts of Treasure Coast

STUART, Fla. - The no swim advisory in parts of the Treasure Coast, has families finding other ways to make a splash this Labor Day weekend.

Like dozens of other families, The Littles wanted to avoid the toxic waters and splashed around at the Sailfish Splash Park.

Larry Little, who grew up in Martin County, recently moved back to find the Indian River Lagoon contaminated. 

"It's like a way of life that's kind of been taken away from you," said Little.

Life that Little is not used too. He said he remembers how the water used to be pretty and clean when he was a kid. Now his daughters, unfortunately get to see a different view.

Lisa Sonia also didn't want to take the risk of her son, Colton and her niece, Nora getting sick.

Sonia said, "Well it's sad because you know we're here in Florida and we want to go to the beaches and you just don't want to take that chance and head over there. And even if it looks good, I'm scared."

The River Coalition is holding an event at Jensen Beach Sunday, while many others plan to travel to Clewiston, Florida for a statewide rally.

"Everybody in the state is upset about it and we just hope it gets resolved pretty soon," said Sonia.

Even though recent tests show water quality at the Stuart Sandbar has been good, no swim advisories remain there and at other places where tests have indicated high bacteria levels.

 

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