A Florida TaxWatch industry report
Fishing in Florida: A $5 billion dollar business
The economic impact fishing has on Florida.
Although it is often overlooked as a generator of tourists and jobs, fishing is responsible for a significant share of tourism, state and local revenues, and jobs in our state. Approximately 46 million Americans fish, more than play golf (21 million) and tennis (13 million) combined. Fishing provides a positive economic impact on Florida tourism as well as local businesses.
1 “Sportfishing in America”. American Sportfishing Association. January 2013
2 “2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation”. U.S. Census Bureau. March 2013.
3 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. http://myfwc.com/media/2258540/SalesComparisonTable11-12.pdf
4 “Sport Fishing Restoration”. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. http://myfwc.com/fishing/sfr/
TAXWATCH CENTER FOR COMPETITIVE FLORIDA ADVISORY BOARD
SENATOR GEORGE LEMIEUX
Chairman of the Board, Gunster
MR. JOHN B. ZUMWALT III
Florida TaxWatch Chairman & Immediate Past Chair, CCF Advisory Board
MR. ROBERT E. COKER
Senior VP, Public Affairs
United States Sugar Corp.
MR. MARSHALL CRISER, III
President, AT&T Florida
Immediate Past Chairman, Florida TaxWatch
MR. DOUG DAVIDSON
Market Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
MR. J. CHARLES GRAY
Chairman, GrayRobinson Law Firm
MR. CLAYTON HOLLIS
VP for Public Affairs, Publix Super Markets, Inc.
MR. JON FERRANDO
Executive VP & General Counsel, AutoNation, Inc.
GOVERNOR BOB MARTINEZ
Sr. Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight
MR. DAVE MCINTOSH
Trustee, Blueeld Ranch Mitigation Bank Trust
Vice President, The Walt Disney Company
MR. JAMES M. REPP
Senior VP, AvMed Health Plans
MS. MICHELLE A ROBINSON
President, SouthEast Region, Verizon
MR. DAVID A. SMITH
Former Chairman, Florida TaxWatch
MR. MICHAEL SOLE
VP for State Governmental Affairs, Florida Power & Light
Economic Commentary written by
Jerry D. Parrish, Ph.D., Chief Economist, and Executive Director of the Center for Competitive Florida, with assistance from Jennifer Linares, MS, Research Analyst.
Robert Weissert, Chief Research Officer
Chris Barry, Director of Publications
John Zumwalt, III, Chair, Florida TaxWatch
Sen. George LeMieux Chair, Center for Competitive Florida
Dominic M. Calabro, President, Publisher, and Editor
Florida TaxWatch Research Institute, Inc.
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