TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott has requested an economic injury declaration for Franklin County as a result of impacts to the region's commercial oyster fishery.
In Wednesday's letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Scott explains that the Florida Panhandle county is suffering a significant injury because of a failure of its commercial oyster fishery. He argues that the economic injury meets the threshold for an SBA declaration.
Scott says Florida experienced an unprecedented decline in the supply of oysters within Apalachicola Bay last summer. This was cause by a lack of necessary freshwater inflows to support productive oyster communities.
Florida moved forward with a lawsuit earlier this month that accuses Georgia of consuming too much fresh water from a river system that serves three Southeastern states.
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