Nov 5, 2013 12:38 AM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The Island Day Spa in the Boardwalk Shopping Center on North Padre Island is filled with the soothing smells of scented candles, oils and incense.
But take a step outside on certain days and, depending on the wind direction, the stench can be overpowering.
Hope Garza has operated the spa located a stone's throw from the Laguna Madre for more than a decade. She said the odor, which is like the smell of raw eggs, has been a problem for at least 5 years.
"We can't figure it out. I mean, the only thing that people that I've heard around here is that it could be sewer problems," Garza told KRIS 6 News.
While sea grass from the Laguna Madre puts off a distinctive odor, some businesses say it's more than just Mother Nature.
Stacy Swinney manages the Padre Island Pizzeria. Plumbers called in to fix the problem have told them it's in the city's lines, while the city has said it's up to the pizzeria to find and fix it themselves.
She said the smell can linger all day, particularly in the summertime, and has led to complaints from diners.
"Oh we're very frustrated," Swinney says. "It shouldn't be like this and it's just last way too long and it's not good for the customers or the business."
City water director Gus Gonzalez said businesses should verify that they have P-traps, which are bends in pipes that trap smelly gases in sewer lines. He also says business need to make sure their drains are washed on a regular basis.