Some risk swimming in algae to make living

Posted at 7:21 PM, Jul 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 19:22:58-04

Martin County leaders are asking people to avoid contact with algae-infested waters but for some business owners they don't have a choice.

"My kids drive me crazy because they're begging me not to get in the water, but I tell them I don't have a choice. It's what I do for a living."

For Bobby Forrester, it's just another day on the job. No wetsuit, fixing docks in the St. Lucie River and swimming in potentially toxic algae.

"My breathing the last few weeks has been bad."

Sometimes it gets to be too much, even with costly consequences.

"There's been a few days I've had to refuse to actually get in the water and its cost me money," says Forrester.

Fixing and cleaning docks is a big chunk of business for Mr. Hustle based out of Palm City, but their owner admits he has concerns.

"Coming out, it's all over us. We look like we're coming out of the black lagoon," says owner Anthony Corigliano.

He tries his best to take care of his men.

"I have my men drenching themselves with peroxide and alcohol to get it off of them and cleaning themselves."

Corigliano says he's started taking business outside of Martin County where the water is not as bad.