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City awards grant money to boost tourism
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Posted: 2013 Jun 14 - 07:13

By Dawn Krebs


FORT PIERCE -- To help support eco-tourism, the city commissioners approved 12 grant requests totaling $53,900 to help local businesses on June 3.

The grants were submitted to the Fort Pierce Authentic Tours Boards, who made the final selections the commissioners approved. The commission approved the grant request unanimously and without comment.

The grants focused on businesses involved in nature-based and agricultural-based tourism.

The grants were awarded to the following:

Lisa's Kayaks, a $5,000 grant (total project expense of $6,732) to purchase standup paddle-boards and related equipment.

COKEE/Swampland Tours, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $10,740) to repaint and refurbish "Gator" tour boat and replace seating.

Manatee Center, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $6,637) to purchase an interactive kiosk.

Smithsonian Marine Station, $3,450 grant for chairs and wrap covering for van to assist in public awareness/marketing.

Treasure Coast Boat Rentals, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $8,325) for replacement boat motor.

Motorized Kayak Adventures, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $6,716) for additional kayaks, motors and a trailer.

Tours on Horseback, $3,500 grant to purchase additional horse, upgrade computer and replace tack.

Marine Cleanup Initiative, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $7,426) for safety equipment (life jackets, VHF radios, etc.) for cleanup vessel.

Fort Pierce Lady Fishing Boat, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $6,564) to purchase new rods and reels for tour patrons.

Last Mango Charters, $4,014 grant (total project expense of $4,528) to paint boat and replace upholstery.

Heathcote Botanical Gardens, $3,450 grant to develop kiosk on bonsai collection.

Dolphin Watch Boat Tours, $5,000 grant (total project expense of $6,588) to replace bimini top on tour boat plus wrap signage on boat for marketing.

The money comes from the community development block grant, so no city dollars were spent. In addition, it is estimated that five local jobs will result from the grant dollars being awarded.

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