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Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the projects in the Apalachicola Bay area that he is recommending for disaster relief funding.
 
The Governor's team says that the funds are to help the affected communities recover from the devastation and move forward to have sustainable fisheries and fishing communities.
 
“I am excited today to recommend these projects that will share $6.3 million to help restore economic vitality and provide relief to the oystermen and their families who have endured such hardship in the Apalachicola Bay area. In addition to bolstering their industry, this funding will be used to provide vocational and educational training for oystermen and their families so they are able to support their families for generations to come.”
 
The projects are focused on four areas and are subject to final approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 
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