Was talking with a boat buddy who has his trawler at Ft Pierce City Marina and his boat bottom guy told him horror stories about the algae tide problem in Stuart a few years ago. Told my buddy that the algae sinks to the bottom but never dies and can pop up at any time. Moved his dive biz up to FtP just because of that.
So, is that an issue now for in-water boats in the greater Stuart area? Is it worse the closer you get to the SL River coming out of the Lake? Is it better say, in The Manatee Pocket or places closer to the SL Inlet?
How about water clarity and healthy, clean salt water in the greater Stuart area?
Muck off my dock in Palm City is about 3+ inches . All the Lake O discharges and even from C-23 have muddied up this estuary....
First signs of some salinity returning as I can see jellyfish off my dock, which is somewhat of a good sign
I'm asking because we're hoping to buy or maybe build a place on the water in Stuart and it will definitely be east of the RR bridge.....
We stayed at Pirate's Cove on the Manatee Pocket in January when we came up for the Boat Show. Walking the docks there at night, we could see plenty of snook from the underwater lights from a few boats...
This process began when they decided to drain parts of the everglades around the lake and turn it into farmland, which hampered the natural flow of water South through the everglades and into Florida bay. The water had to go somewhere so they decided to dig the canals east and west to St Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers, which is where the excess water is released today.
There are several projects in the works attempting to reduce the amount of water released through the canals, but the best answer to the problem is to send the water where it went naturally, which is south to the everglades. Unfortunately, there are some business interests that own large amounts of the land needed for this to happen, as well as other developments that would likely get washed away if things were changed. This makes it a political battle of big business interest vs environmental interests. So welcome to constant battle of Florida's mismanaged fresh water resources. This problem will likely not be fixed in our lifetime, if ever.
potty------> who's Ron?
Came back to the PC Bar and enjoyed a great live band with a tall, young woman singer and a woman drummer! Chatted with the singer who had never heard of Grace Slick so wrote on a cocktail napkin: "YouTube---> "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane"! She had a really strong voice that would do Grace Slick proud!