New survey for businesses affected by fresh water releases

FORT MYERS, Fla.–Local leaders are urging business owners to fill out a surveys to asses just how bad the Lake O fresh water releases have been for business.

The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center now has an online survey for businesses to expedite disaster relief programs for businesses. The information will be shared to state and local agencies.

The survey asks questions like “did you lose business because of this emergency” and “did you have to lay off any employees.”

One local bait shop owner tellsĀ  WINK News government relief money is badly needed just to stay operating.

“I think they should be giving it out to the business owners which it affected because it almost put me out of business,” fishing captain Harold Miller.

“For the last couple of months, 2-3 months, I have been 75% lower revenue than I was last year,” said Miller.

The survey asks businesses which types of loans they may need or is they need business counseling.

Local fishing captain Larry Conley says it is not the actual water that is affecting his business, but the people assuming the water is bad. Conley says he thinks businesses should get government disaster money.

“it is the government that is dumping this water on us and it is making business bad,” he said.

If you are a business that has been affected by the fresh water releases, the link to the online form is below.