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Gov. Scott to Talk Tourism During Visit to Clearwater Marine Aquarium Friday

Gov. Rick Scott hosts an economic and tourist discussion and signs a bill that expands the use of the tourist development tax to include aquariums at 1 p.m. Friday at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

Clearwater's economic engine is based on its beaches and to another extent a . 

So, what better place for Gov. Rick Scott to host an economic and tourism roundtable discussion and bill signing for changes to the Tourist Development Tax, which will now benefit aquariums, than at the ?

Scott's forum is at 1 p.m. Friday at the aquarium, 249 Windward Passage.

The bill allows for repairs, improvements and construction for publicly owned venues, or those run by non-profits, including convention centers, arenas and museums using money generated from county tourist taxes. The tax money will now be able to be used for aquariums too.

Since the release of , a movie based on the story of Winter the Dolphin, visitor numbers at the aquarium have .

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is to support construction of a new facility that adds stadium style-seating to the dolphin pool and will double the sea turtle rehabilitation facilities.

Scott touring Debby damage and to visit the emergency operations center there. There he will receive a briefing on the damage the county incurred and will also speak to affected residents.

What would you tell Gov. Scott if you met him? Let us know in the comments section.

If you go:

What: Gov. Rick Scott economic and tourism roundtable discussion and bill signing

When: 1 p.m. Friday (June 29)

Where: , 249 Windward Passage

rick barasso June 29, 2012 at 02:36 AM
What happened to "Drill Baby Drill"?
Melissa Vaughan June 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Has he ever traveled on 275 to 4 at any time of the day thru Tampa???? RAIL as we Florida voters voted FOR, would have been a nice option!
Island Estate Resident June 30, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I would tell him that "Winter" has ruined Island Estates. We do not have the infrastructure to deal with the thousands of people visiting this small island. Every inch of land has become a parking lot (even if deemed residential only). It's time for the aquarium to move elsewhere.

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