Vote for the Ultimate Fishing Town
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Media contact: Bob Wattendorf, 850-488-0520
For more than a decade, Florida has been recognized as the
Fishing Capital of the World because of its great resources and
responsible fisheries management. Now the World Fishing Network
seeks to identify the Ultimate Fishing Town, USA. Two Florida
communities - Kissimmee and Destin - are in the running, as a
result of the network's national search to nominate and select the
top 20 communities.
Between now and May 31, every Floridian can vote up to four
times a day to ensure that one of these communities becomes the
Ultimate Fishing Town. Go to www.WFNFishingTown.com to begin
voting. WFN will feature the winning community in a half-hour
promotional television show and provide $25,000 for a fishing- or
boating-related project to benefit the local community.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
realizes the importance of recreational fishing not only to the
overall quality of life and enjoyment of individual anglers, but
also to the economy and job-creation.
"Helping our partners with Visit Florida to promote tourism to
the world is a win-win situation," said Tom Champeau, director of
the FWC's Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management.
Unlike in many other countries, in the United States, fish and
wildlife are held in public trust for all citizens. Anglers help
pay for conservation of these resources by buying fishing licenses
and paying to ensure quality fishing opportunities for themselves
and future generations. By encouraging visitors to fish in Florida,
we help fund not only conservation but also the amenities that make
fishing more enjoyable and accessible, such as boat ramps and
fishing piers for everyone. The lucky winner of the Ultimate
Fishing Town, USA competition will have a tremendous new
promotional tool and immediate funding to improve local
Destin is often referred to as the World's Luckiest Fishing
Village. The 158 nominations for Destin highlight the quality of
fishing from this Panhandle community, which features some of the
most beautiful sugar-sand beaches anywhere. Among the quotes on the
WFN site is this one, from John Sharpe, who said that, as a small
boy growing up in Tennessee, "my favorite road trip was when my dad
and brother and I would drive all the way down to Destin
Destin also received accolades for having the largest commercial
fishing fleet in Florida and an annual Fishing Rodeo in October
that began in 1948 and attracts more than 30,000 recreational
Kissimmee received 43 very passionate nominations to make it
into the top 20. Here is one from Allan Oakley: "Great weather, no
air pollution and a fishing season that lasts 12 months a year." He
said it is a fisherman's "heaven on earth."
Kissimmee has hosted innumerable national bass fishing
tournaments, setting records along the way, and it remains not only
a fishing destination for tourists but also a home-town
"This serene lake has been the home of people learning to fish"
for many generations, said Leslie Andree in her nomination. "The
lakes in Kissimmee have brought many memories to residents and
tourists alike. Fishing is life for many people, from young
children, to retired adults, and they all enjoy the life of the
All anglers who enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors and
connect with nature at the end of a fishing line are invited to
take a moment to vote for one of these Florida fishing communities.
Perhaps soon, Florida will not only be the Fishing Capital of the
World, but home to the Ultimate Fishing Town, USA.
For more information on the world of fishing, go to
MyFWC.com/Fishing. To learn more about the Fishing Capital of the
World, click on Visit Florida's Fishing Capital logo at the bottom
of the FWC's home page.