Florida’s Working Waterfronts

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chad Crawford give you a tour of Florida’s working waterfronts, where fishermen and boaters work to improve and impact Florida’s communities and culture.

    Male Speaker: Florida has always had intimate connection with the ocean. With over 1,200 miles of coastline and surrounded on three sides by water, Florida has more waterfront than any other state, and for thousands of years its waterfronts have played a major role in shaping its history, culture and economy.

    Working waterfront is where the land shakes hands with the sea. It's a place where commercial fishermen offload their daily catch. It's where fishing guides pick up guests for a day on the water. It's where visitors can dine and enjoy locally caught seafood.

    Male Speaker: Florida truly has the best seafood in the world.

    Male Speaker: It's where goods and trade flow in and out of our state. The connection point for all this working activity is known as the Working Waterfront.

    Chad Crawford: Working Waterfront is an important part of Florida's coastline. It's a designated area where commercial fishermen, aquaculturists, people who make their living on the ocean can come here, dock their boats, weigh their fish and work.

    Male Speaker: Many coastal communities have chosen to preserve and revitalize the stretches of coastal culture, giving visitors the opportunity to see and experience Florida's rich connection to the sea.

    One example of this effort is Sebastian Inlet in East Central Florida. Sebastian has worked hard to preserve its culture by saving and enhancing these working waterfronts. The restoration includes the addition of a seafood market, an eatery where visitors can taste local catches, a smokehouse where fresh fish are smoked, and a viewing area, where people can watch commercial fishermen offload their catch.

    Chad Englert: This is our office. We need a home base to sort of keep our boats, unload our fish. It's critical that we don't lose what little that we have left.

    Male Speaker: From oysters in the Apalachicola Bay, to Floridas spiny lobster in the Florida Keys, and everything in between, I encourage you to seek out Florida's coastal communities that are investing in Florida's Working Waterfronts.