Tussocks Threatening Hawthorne Business
Hawthorne, FL -- A business owner near Cross Creek is fighting to keep his business open.
Twin Lakes Fish Camp Owner Jeff Septer has owned the business for about six years and he says Tussocks that are invading Orange and Lochloosa Lakes are causing his customers to stay away.
Tussocks are floating islands filled with vegetation that travel throughout the lakes. Septer says the islands are clogging the lakes to the point that only air boats can go through, making it so visitors can't fish or hunt alligators or frogs.
"Within the last month, we've had the big island out there that's broke loose and just kind of floated back and forth in front of the creek but now finally blocked the creek, it's a real massive area out there that kind of just wedged itself into the mouth of the creek so nobody can get in or out," according to Septer.
TV20 reached out to the Florida Wildlife Conservation. Officials there say they're working with the Army Corp of Engineers to get a permit to shred the Tussocks and it may be two weeks until any progress is made.
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