|Published:||Aug 05, 2013 5:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 05, 2013 6:44 PM EDT|
BOCA GRANDE, Fla. - The murky waters of Southwest Florida continue to flow as heavy rains cause Lake Okeechobee releases.
In Boca Grande, it's no different. People say the normally crystal blue water is looking more brown these days.
Boca Grande has a consistent reputation: a quiet fishing town with nice beaches and clear water. But dirty water threatens to tarnish its pristine image.
"We were expecting a few more people and bluer water," says first time visitor, Stacey Wichmann.
"I went kayaking the other day and it was like a rusty color you couldn't see anything," says resident, Corynne Bailey.
Water experts say the region has had one of the wettest summers in decades requiring fresh water releases from Lake Okeechobee.
"This has been a particularly wet year and it's not uncommon, we've seen this before but it's been maybe five or six years since we've had this much rain," says Charter Boat Captain, Sandy Melvin.
Corynne Bailey with the Chamber of Commerce says visitors have come through frustrated that they haven't seen what's advertised.
"One was angry. She said, I saw on the website that there were clear blue waters, lots of fishing lots of kayaking and she said I don't want to go kayaking in this water... hopefully the waters looking a little better in January because that might affect our tourist season," she says.
One charter boat captain says his biggest concern is that this could cause red tide blooms which he says will definitely impact the tourist season.
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