Cashing in! “Developing the Blue Economy on Florida’s Gulf Coast.”

cortez in manatee countyBuilding on a strong fishing history and an ideal spot in the midst of three national estuary programs, the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte county region already is building momentum on its own as a maritime economic development engine, a report commissioned by Gulf Coast Community Foundation says. From boat building to artificial reef design to turning the region’s mullet roe into a valuable delicacy, the region has developed a coastal economy that employs 30,000 at 1,839 businesses with payrolls in excess of $600 million per year, according to the report. Read the rest here 19:14

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