TOXIC WATER: Martin County declares state of emergency for Indian River Lagoon

Stuart also passes resolution to move water south

STUART, Fla. - The paddle boards stand ready at attention.

But no one is coming to Coastal Paddleboarding to use them.

"I'm just mad. I'm sick and tired of talking about this," said Dan Neumann, owner of Coastal Paddleboarding.

Dan Neumann lost almost all of his summer business thanks to the toxic algae in the water. But the rent still has to be paid for his Port Salerno space.

"Every day is worth money to us in some way, whether it's money coming in or money going out.  Right now, it's just money going out," said Neumann.

Stories like this have garnered headlines, but now local governments are trying to get more attention, and resources to the problem.  

Tuesday night, Martin County Commissioners approved a resolution asking the governor to declare a state of emergency for the Indian River Lagoon.

"I think anything we can do to protect our residents and to protect our resources we should do," said Commission Chairwoman Sarah Heard.

Monday night, Stuart city commissioners passed a resolution supporting the restoration of the southerly flow of water from Lake Okeechobee through the Everglades.

"We hope to build a lot of support and momentum and hope this is the first of many to come," said Commissioner Jeff Krauskopf.

For business owners, like Dan Neumann, he's tired of all the talk because a resolution doesn't keep his business afloat.

"Unfortunately on a selfish note, for us there's no quick fix," said Neumann.

The hope is that if the Governor declares an emergency, it could cut through some red tape for potential short and long term fixes for the health of the Indian River Lagoon.

Print this article Back to Top