Governor Rick Scott's announcement of $58 million in early restoration projects for Florida has the Bay County Artificial Reef Association ready to get started on restoration projects in Bay County.
Although the group is still in its infancy, members are anxious to get started. "This will provide a lot of fishing and a lot of habitat for small fish, juvenile fish as well as larger fish inside of nine miles state waters," board member, Pam Anderson said.
Approximately $11.4 million will be allocated for northwest Florida counties for artificial reef creation and restoration, which will have a positive impact on the local economy.
"Through the boat captains, the commercial fisherman the fish that's supplied all the way up and down the east coast of the United States making sure that our local fishing industry survives is absolutely critical to Bay County," future President of the Bay County Artificial Reef Association, Clayton Syfrett explained.