Subtropical system to dampen holiday weekend outdoor activities, profits

Subtropical system to dampen holiday weekend outdoor activities, profits (WPEC)

On a typical three-day holiday weekend, people flock to local waterways like the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers in Stuart.

That’s a lot less likely this Memorial Day weekend, thanks to subtropical system Alberto, which is expected to send heavy rain and winds to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Jonathon Neal and his 12-year old son pulled into the dock Friday afternoon at Shepard Park in Stuart after spending most of the day on the water.

“It was now or never,” Neal said.

Now or never, because of this weekend's incoming storms.

Neal said he and his son decided to head out on the water on Friday or risk not being able to get out the rest of the weekend.

“The wind is going to be the killer,” he said.

The rain won’t help any either.

Neal says he knows of impacts at one particular resort in the area.

“They had 15 boats that were supposed to come up and dock up,” he said. “And every single one canceled because of the weather. Especially after what happened with the algae and everything."

The algae blooms, the effect of poor quality water from storm runoff and releases from Lake Okeechobee impacted health, water activities and related businesses.

“People are still recovering from that,” Neal said. “So this during a nice, long three-day weekend— not good for the economy.”

Outdoor-oriented businesses say people will still get out and shop this weekend to get out of the rain, but receipts should be way down.

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