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Destin to measure impact of fishing, tourism


Destin's city council has approved an economic impact study on their cities key industries including fishing.

It's a given that fishing is big business in Destin -- but the last time anybody crunched the numbers was back in 2000. Having more current data is important when the city applies for grants or federal funding.

Destin is looking for money to armor Norriego Point -- which protects the harbor but has ongoing erosion problems. One way to get help with projects like that is to show the economic impact of this fishing fleet and other activities on the harbor.

Jake Brashears: "I was talking to Miss Helen, the rodeo director. I believe she already said we've had anglers from 42 states this year, so people come from far and wide to come down here and be a part of it. It's a real good deal, it's a big boost for everybody."

The study won't just look at fishing. It will analyze the entire impact of tourism and other business in Destin.

The study will cost $25,000 and be ready in about twelve weeks. The mayor says it will show the economic impact Destin has on the county, the state and the entire region.