Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Eastpoint Wednesday to meet with seafood workers and groups that are providing assistance to many local people who are suffering because of the poor state of the oyster crop in the
. Apalachicola Bay
In August, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued a report with bleak projections for the 2012-13 oyster harvest; reports of oyster declines have also come in from
Dixie, Levy, Wakulla and Bay counties.
’s oyster season opened Sept. 1, Florida oystermen found few harvestable
oysters and are currently having a hard time finding enough oysters to make a
living. Apalachicola Bay
The governor made a stop at the Resource Fair at the Eastpoint Firehouse, where he met with local officials, seafood dealers and seafood harvesters and got a firsthand account of the current status of the bay.
The governor said through a press release that “
is working with the Army Corps for a long-term plan to address the
needs of Florida , while also helping to address short-term needs through worker
training and food banks. Franklin County
He added that “The
is critical to the State of Apalachicola Bay . It is home to the world’s best oysters and fisheries, and the
hardworking residents here rely on the Bay to provide for their families.
State agencies and community organizations are coming together to ensure
families in this area can get back on their feet quickly.” Florida
The resource Fair itself was well attended with a number of state and local groups offering assistance to people who need it.
The groups included
’s Promise, the health department, the literacy office, Franklin College, the department of Children and Families, and Gulf Coast State . Disc Village
There was also food available for impacted families.
This was the second resource fair held at the firehouse; the Governor announced another upcoming resource fair scheduled for October 12th.
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