When hearing the words “Apalachicola Bay,” many immediately think of oysters.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Feb. 26 it is awarding $6.3 million in disaster funding to Apalachicola Bay’s oyster industry, which can be used for economic recovery efforts such as job training and oyster bed restoration.
“The thousands of oystermen hurt by this disaster will finally get some much-needed help,” said U. S. Senator Bill Nelson. “It’s not enough, but it’s a good start.”
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott said, “This $6.3 million in funding will help to provide immediate assistance to strengthen both Franklin County and the entire Apalachicola region. We will be able to help the families of our oystermen devastated by the collapse of Apalachicola Bay, and provide job training so families in the region are able to support their loved ones for generations to come.”
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