When I was a kid growing up in the 60s and 70s in Stuart, summer vacation meant carefree swimming at the Stuart Causeway, the beach, and the Sunrise Inn. This was such an anticipated time of year that my parents would splurge and buy us new bathing suits from TG&Y.
Here I am pictured with my little sister, Jenny, outside our family home on Edgewood Drive. We were proudly displaying our matching new bathing suits!
Today, things are different. It is important for parents to check the water first. Is it safe? Has an algae bloom been reported? Is the Army Corp dumping Lake Okeechobee?
Today, I share two websites: Martin County, and the Martin County Dept. of Health. Both have been updated to reflect today, and though it’s not all “good news” with this much open government, I am confident things are on their way to getting better.
In the meantime, safe swimming and happy summer!
Martin County (great video “Our Water Story”): https://www.martin.fl.us/OurWaterStory
Martin County Health Dept. http://martin.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2019/05/summer_safety.html
P.S. Not so sure about the “Natural Places” part? I think here is an opportunity to educate people on nutrient pollution.