Bethany Quinn and her husband Sean moved into their home in Stuart, in Martin County, three years ago.
It’s the same house Bethany grew up in, nestled in a middle-class neighbourhood and across the street from the St. Lucie Lucie River, part of the larger Indian River Lagoon estuary. As a girl, Quinn would swim in the river with her family. But today Quinn doesn’t allow her two daughters to go near the water. The river isn’t safe, in her view; it’s too polluted. “I just don’t see how it can come back,” Quinn said.