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Algae bloomers responsible for drop in tourism

Lee County travel industry officials are concerned that frequent algae bloomers along the Caloosahatchee River may be responsible for a significant drop in the area's tourism.

“Just when the economy is poised to turn around again, this kind of thing happens,” said one exasperated official. “We just can't seem to get a break.”

The county is afraid that removing the bloomers will only compound the problem.