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Stuart business owner: 'Algae killed us'

Posted: 4:19 PM, Jul 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-03 22:31:39Z

STUART, Fla.-- Another business has gone down due to blue-green algae.

This time it's a kayak shop.

At Bikes Plus it wasn't always just about bikes.

Bikes and Kayaks were Sebastian LaHara's passion years ago.

The shop was called Bikes Plus and Riverfront Kayaks. Kayaks were not selling.

"Slower and slower," said LaHara.

Not too long ago he decided to let go of the whole kayak business.

"Replace it with something that's working," said LaHara.

He wanted to replace it with something that did not involve relying on water quality.

LaHara made the announcement Tuesday he's closing down Riverfront Kayaks blaming dismal sales on the algae.

Stuart City Commissioner Troy McDonald says city leaders are trying to put an emphasis on local businesses during the summer.

He says there maybe needs to be a different push as algae make another appearance.

"We probably need to kick it up a notch this summer and support our businesses that are reliant on the river," said McDonald.

LaHara plans to open two new bike shops in Martin County.