Business owners near the beach glad to see customers return

For the first time in months red tide has eased up on the South Florida coastline, and that is good news for business owners and beachgoers.

The latest red tide map shows concentration are lower in southern Lee and Collier Counties.

This is a sigh of relief for many business owners who have been impacted by the lack of beachgoers over the last few months.

According to the city of Sanibel, in August, Sanibel and Captiva reported economic losses totaling $15.1 million.

On Fort Myers Beach, businesses were averaging a loss of $2.6 million a week.

A local business owner says he is thrilled to see more people back.

“I just see a lot of people and we’re doing pretty good,” said Joe Costa.

Reporter:Morgan Rynor
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