Toxic Water alters Labor Day plans on Treasure Coast
STUART, Fla. - Toxic water closures continue Labor Day, as visitors seek alternatives to bacteria-laden waters on the Treasure Coast.
The Health Department says visitors can still enjoy the waters at Bathtub Reef Beach, Jensen Beach and the Stuart Beach. The Indian River and anything north of Stuart Causeway are also fine, but four areas are closed to swimmers due to high bacteria.
Sandsprit Park, the Stuart Sandbar, Roosevelt Bridge and Leighton Park in Palm City remain off-limits. The Health Department says while the Stuart Sandbar has given water readings that are within an acceptable range during the last two tests, its proximity to Sandsprit Park makes it a concern.
Hotels, fishing companies and other businesses along affected waters report a drop in visitors during Labor Day weekend. Martin County tourism officials are tracking visitors and tourism dollars to see how the toxic waters are altering visitors' plans. It is believed that there will be a clear drop in the number of visitors to the area.
Over the weekend, Treasure Coast residents attended "Riverstock" to raise $10,000 for the Indian River Coalition. The money will benefit projects to protect the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon.