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Water quality issues send longtime FL guide into retirement

Marcia Foosaner fished the Indian River Lagoon for three decades. Now she doesn’t even want to look at it.

Anyone who has ever loved an unspoiled patch of Florida wilderness will understand how Marcia Foosaner once felt about the Indian River Lagoon.

She was enchanted by the 156-mile-long estuary before she ever set eyes on it.

By Gentry, George – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Her father used to drive from her childhood home in Miami to catch snook in the lagoon, then have it cooked at a waterfront eatery. As a little girl, Foosaner would listen, rapt, to his fish tales.

“I thought, what a neat place that would be to live,” recalls Foosaner, now 70.

So she made it happen. Three decades ago, she settled in Martin County, one of five counties bordering the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s central east coast.

“I thought I had died and gone to heaven,” says Foosaner, a lifelong angler.

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