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Algae may hit boat owners in the pocketbook

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 19:07:51-04

The algae crisis on the Treasure Coast may be putting a huge dent in boat owners wallets. The algae gets in the motors destroying engines.

Arnie Beaman see's the signs everywhere at Loggerhead Marina in Stuart. Signs of algae getting sucked into boat engines and damagin exteriors.

Now he's concerned about his own boat.

"Thousands and thousands of dollars on a boat like mine, 60 foot has four air conditioners and two diesel motors," says Beaman.

So now he and his wife are seriously thinking about moving to avoid costly repairs.

"Finding somewhere else to live that has cleaner water," says Beaman.

At Central Marine, Mary Radabaugh is trying her best to stay ahead of this issue.

"Turn the air conditioner off and put dehumidifiers in them so that we're not sucking it up through the strainers and what not and that's a battle on it's own because you're battling the mold," says Radabaugh.

She says that has so far prevented major damage.

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