Scott: The $18-million fish hatchery to stay in Escambia County

Gov. Rick Scott today told PNJ reporter Kevin Robinson that the $18.7 million for a fish hatchery will stay in Escambia County, which must be a blow to the naysayers that claimed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to terminate the lease for Bruce Beach would have a detrimental impact on the local economy.

Now the area will still get the hatchery, plus be able to develop the waterfront of Bruce Beach into a public park that honors the heritage of the area and add the northern part to the tax rolls when a high-density, mixed-use project is built–both of which are part on the 2010 CRA Plan.

Read Rick Scott: state seeking alternative Escambia site for fish hatchery.

Good reporting, Kevin. The Bruce Beach lawsuit could turn out to be a win-win for the city.

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  1. At some point in the early talks, I recall hearing that there was going to be a linkage between UWF and the fish hatchery project. UWF has a marine biology degree program. It always seemed a perfect fit to link the two together perhaps to include a fisheries certificate program. I always thought that the ideal location for the fish hatchery was on Escambia Bay tied into the UWF campus or very close. A potential candidate to run a new fisheries program is featured on the UWF website – http://news.uwf.edu/uwf-professor-works-with-noaa-to-inventory-reef-fish-communities-in-the-gulf/

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