CORTEZ, Fla. — Green algae caused a couple to relocate their business from the Atlantic to Gulf Coast, now they’re permanently shut down due to red tide.
Business dried up at their shop in Manatee County after weeks of fish kills and a stench in the air.
Rochelle Neumann and her husband, Dan, opened Cortez Surf and Paddle and Coastal Paddleboarding off Cortez Road about two years ago.
"The dream was to show as many people the wonderful, beautiful water we have here and the wildlife we have here," said Rochelle Neumann.
Neumann said people stopped renting kayaks and paddleboards after red tide algae bloom lingered on Southwest Florida's coast. She said business slowed down starting in August.
"With no tourists or few tourists going shopping, it's been pretty much a ghost town since the news got out," said Neumann.
A Manatee County couple closed their water rental business after red tide left them with few customers. They had relocated to Cortez after dealing with toxic algae on Florida’s east coast. pic.twitter.com/KEidYZpSsw