Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/Enhancement Center

This state-of-the-art facility is being built using $18 million in BP funds as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.

Quick Facts

  • The Center is not a fish farm.
  • There will not be an odor from the hatchery facility.
  • The City cannot simply decide to relocate the Center.
  • The project preserves and enhances access to the bay.
  • The project incorporates and memorializes the historical contributions of African Americans to the development of Bruce Beach.
  • The City will be liable for the $805,000 already spent on the project.
  • No one has presented an alternative development plan for Bruce Beach to the City.
  • The project is fully permitted and bid out for construction.
  • Five states, six federal agencies and British Petroleum had to approve the project.
  • City Council voted on three separate occasions to approve the project at Bruce Beach.
  • Project stipulations were filed in court.
  • There were multiple opportunities over many years for public input on the project.
  • The Florida Fish and Wild Conservation Commission (FWC) has a 30-year lease on the property.
  • FWC is responsible for the operation and maintenance costs.
  • The Center is part of a Gulf-wide restoration effort.

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