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Economic Recovery Taskforce

May 11th, 2010 by flanews

The economic impact of oil hitting Floridas coast could range in the billions. Charter Boats, hotels, and restaurants are already seeing a decline in business even though a drop of oil hasnt hit Floridas coast. As Whitney Ray tells us, the governor is assembling a taskforce to find ways to soften the economic blow to the states economy.

Once news of the massive oil spill hit the national airwaves, recreational fisherman stopped calling Captain Bob Zales, and hundreds of others.

Tuesday Zales pleaded with the governor and state cabinet to do something.

My phone has stopped ringing, said Zales.

Its not just charter boat captains, commercial fishermen are falling victim to fears of toxic fish even though the oil is still miles away from Floridas Gulf Coast.

And when the fishing industry suffers, seafood joints and oyster shacks feel the pinch. The domino effect is also hitting hotel owners, who are reaching out at town hall meetings for help.

People are not sure about this, they dont know whether to book and come to the beach, said Anita Grove with the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce.

Governor Charlie Crist is forming a taskforce to study the economic impact of the leak on Florida businesses, track claims paid by BP and help promote tourism.

This will focus on ways we can help Florida businesses and industries recovering from lost business due to the oil spill, said Crist.

Member of the taskforce have yet to be named, but Crist has already given them their first assignment, report back in 30 days with a forecast of the economic losses. Visit Florida, the states tourism agency, will launch a promotional plan tomorrow aimed at informing the tourist, the state is still open for business.

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