Florida, known for its citrus groves, warm beaches, tourist attractions, and diverse population with strong connections to Latin America, emerged from the Great Recession looking toward a future that mirrors its past:  attracting retirees and young families, restoring a housing market devastated by foreclosures, and protecting the waters and coral reefs of the Gulf of Mexico from overfishing and environmental degradation.  Depleting fish too quickly risks unbalancing the Gulf’s ecosystem and harming the Sunshine State’s economy, which supports millions of people and jobs.

By the numbers
  • $4.9 billion the economic benefit to Florida from visitors and residents who watched birds, dolphins, marine turtles, and other wildlife in 2011

  • 76% share of Medicaid-enrolled children in Florida who did not receive dental care in 2011

  • 20% proportion of commercial catch included in the seven main species of forage fish

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