Bait shop accused of dumping human waste into Caloosahatchee
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. A well-known floating bait shop is
facing consequences after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
investigation revealed workers were dumping human waste into the Caloosahatchee
Bait received a $250 fine and a stern lecture from FWC officers.
news didn’t sit well with Bill Birch, a Marina Town resident who regularly goes
boating on the river.
not a good idea to be doing that,” he said. “Our water is precious to us — what
do we do without water?”
Cassani of Calusa Waterkeeper, a nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping
the river clean, says the damage extends beyond people.
causes some problems with shell fish and bacteria in the water — it makes them
inedible,” he said. “It (also) creates some big problems for the aquatic
bait shop had an outdated toilet and holding tank on board that caused the
problem, the owner said, adding that the water released into the river was
cleaner than the water used to operate the toilet.
holding tank was upgraded following the citation.