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                             Escambia County
                             Office of Public Information and Communications
                             221 Palafox Place, Suite 410, Pensacola FL 32502

October 25, 2010                                                 For More Information Contact:
News Release# -10-1025Fishing Bridge                                            Michael Rhodes
                                                                             Recreation Division
                                                                                       475-5220

                 Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge has Successful Summer

The new Pensacola Bay Fishing Bridge, opened by Escambia County last January, is a major hit
with fishermen, as summer numbers indicate. Even with the impact from the BP oil spill,
fishermen still congregated to the pier during the summer and continue today. The fishing fees
being collected allow the county to maintain the bridge and set aside surplus funds for other
marine and recreation projects.

“With fishing closed in the Gulf of Mexico due to the oil spill, the bridge allowed residents
without a boat an opportunity to continue fishing during the summer,” said Recreation Manager
Michael Rhodes. “This bridge offers fishermen 24- hour a day access to really good fishing.”

Fishermen do not need a saltwater license to fish from the bridge; the county has purchased
licensing for the bridge structure itself. Fees are collected at the foot of the bridge based on the
honor system. Spot checks are done periodically to verify payments. For a complete listing of
fees, log onto the county’s website, www.myescambia.com.

For information about the fishing bridge, contact the Recreation Division, 475-5220.

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Larry M. Newsom, Interim County Admin istrator
Sonya M. Daniel, Public Info rmation Manager

				
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