(Don't) Love That Dirty Water
"We do not want to fall out of one of these boats," said Karen Aaro of Ponte Vedra Beach.
Aaro and friend Susan Gordon are on a sight-seeing adventure.
"We tried to recruit a few more friends, but they weren't 'recruit-able'" said Gordon.
A year-old country living magazine article brought them to Twin Lakes Fish Camp on Cross Creek.
"Looks like quick sand," she said.
Last month, the water levels at the creek reached a record low.
"We have nothing left, nothing left," said Michelle Septer, camp owner.
Septer says her business is slowly sinking.
"We've lost all the fisherman, all the boat storage, all the air boat tours.. this is an anomaly, these people coming from a 2010 article is a rarity," she said.
Septer says she and her husband are dipping into their savings to make up the 87-percent drop in revenue from last year.
"Alachua county has done nothing to help us at all," she said.
Septer says county restrictions, like the air boat curfew, are not helping her situation.
"We've got a permit from the state to pull the weeds out, a neighbor of ours did do that with a permit from the state, Alachua county fined 'em, so he's in litigation, I can't afford litigation," she said.
With or without the water, Aaro and Gordon say they'll be coming back.
"That's the time you really want to support the local businesses, when they're having troubles," said Aaro.
Even if the prospects of that local business... are muddy.
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