Florida First Sites break ground on first project

When President and CEO of boat manufacturer Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine Chris Fabbro realized he needed room for his business to grow, he said he feared he would have to leave Santa Rosa County even going as far away as North Carolina.

Fabbro Marine had been doing business in the county for 20 years, and he said many of the employees who had been there since the beginning were family.

Thanks to the Florida First Site certifications, the company is staying local.

They broke ground on one of these sites for a new 78,500-square foot facility in the Santa Rosa Industrial Park East Wednesday, July 27, marking the first industry to take advantage of a Florida First Site.

The sites are part of a partnership between Florida counties and Gulf Power. The initiative aims to bring businesses and jobs to the local community by taking the guess work out of identifying industry-ready development properties throughout Northwest Florida.

Gulf Power President and Chief Executive Stan Connally explained the criterion for Florida First Sites are based on the McCallum Sweeney Consulting model. This company provides site evaluation and preparation for companies across the United States.

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County officials and Gulf Power employees grabbed a shovel with the Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine staff in a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday, July 27, at the site of the company’s future expansion. The site is the first of nine Florida First certified sites to bring business to the county.

County officials and Gulf Power employees grabbed a shovel with the Cape Horn/Fabbro Marine staff in a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony Wednesday, July 27, at the site of the company’s future expansion. The site is the first of nine Florida First certified sites to bring business to the county.

Cape Horn President and CEO Chris Fabbro thanks Parts Production Manager Tosha Carter for remaining with the company for 21 years at a symbolic ground breaking in Milton. Thanks to the Florida First Site program the company will remain in Santa Rosa County, eventually hiring 25-40 new employees Fabbro said.

Cape Horn President and CEO Chris Fabbro thanks Parts Production Manager Tosha Carter for remaining with the company for 21 years at a symbolic ground breaking in Milton. Thanks to the Florida First Site program the company will remain in Santa Rosa County, eventually hiring 25-40 new employees Fabbro said.

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