FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. -- Some people decided to celebrate Labor Day by heading to the beach for rest and relaxation. Despite the brown water caused by the freshwater Lake Okeechobee releases, people are still spending money.
Anthony Pedroso is renting a waverunner on Fort Myers beach for the first time.
"Water is murky, sharks are abundant," he said.
But that's not keeping the Miami resident from spending some money. "Just having fun, taking advantage of Labor Day," he said.
The owner of Rebel Watersports says this weekend's customer count is "about average." "The people that have showed up, realize that it's fine," said owner Dean Kerkesner.
Although, he says, the freshwater releases have impacted his business. "A few people just won't come over, or they show up here. They act like the water is polluted, but it's not," he explained.
All weekend, hundreds of people and some pooches, packed the shore, enjoyed some beach volleyball, or cool drinks in the hot sun.
"We'll probably grill, spend time with family," said Lehigh Acres resident Darrius Harden.
Lone Myer with The Pier Peddler says business is going well. "I think a lot of people have been traveling, and we're happy to see them," she said.
Despite a brief afternoon storm shower, many people didn't let it put a damper on their vacation.
"Rain, when it's here, it's gone 5 minutes later. You can't even tell it rained," said William Fesio, visiting from New Jersey.