SW Fla. fishermen, shoreside residents echo water quality concerns

NBC2: June 21, 2016. Written by Andrea Hubbell

LEE COUNTY - The water quality is worse than ever, according to some Southwest Florida fishermen. Tour guides are saying in order to catch fish, they must drive up to 25 miles out from shore. It's not a new problem as it's been happening for decades. But the worse it gets, the more it will affect the economy now and in the future.

For Blake Matherly, it's a curse with a hidden blessing.

"This year it's far worse because of the extra rain we have been getting. But all that has done is let more people see that this problem has been going on for years," Matherly said.

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