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Old 08-13-2015, 11:34 PM   #1
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Personally I plan to write another note to Congressman Miller thanking him!


Guest Column: The Graves Bill
Tina Harbuck | The Log
Capt. Gary Jarvis, President Destin Charter Boat Association
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 9:07 AM


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Guest Column: The Graves Bill
Tina Harbuck | The Log
Capt. Gary Jarvis, President Destin Charter Boat Association
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 9:07 AM

The city of Destin did a 2013 economic study conducted by the Hass Economic Center to evaluate the value of tourism within the city limits, especially water sports on Destin harbor. Those results should give our elected officials like multi-term congressman Jeff Miller all the insight needed to help him make good decisions on what economically important to his constituents in District 1.

That study reflected the fact that just the Destin Charter Fishing industry alone brought more than $173 million into the Okaloosa county and the Destin economy. The study took into effect the gross income from Charter Fishing companies, support industry sales, accommodation, restaurants and supplies that charter customers spend money on. When adding other water sports on the harbor it was more than $240 million in annual economic impacts to the city and county.

Now granted we all know the US government is the main economic driver in District 1 and brings in about 59 percent of the economic benefits to the Panhandle. A little research finds that the majority of big donors to Rep. Miller election coffers comes from the defense industry and that is OK and understandable as he is a staunch supporter of our military and has done a fine job representing that portion of District 1.

But what about the next biggest economic driver? The tourism industry? It's also the life blood of the Emerald Coast and to those of us who don't get a paycheck from Uncle Sam, it's the main source of employment and ability to provide for our families.

So that is why it's confusing how an experienced District 1 Republican congressman would co-sign a bill ( that was introduced by a Louisiana freshman congressman) that if passed, will inflict catastrophic harm on all aspects of tourism in District 1, especially those businesses that have any ties to the fishing industry, restaurants, fish markets and lodging.

All of these businesses are tied to healthy sustainable fisheries as a driver of tourism and economic growth. It's not just Destin who will suffer, every fishing business in the Pensacola charter fleet and commercial fishing companies, along with the hundreds of restaurants in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Navarre, Fort Walton Beach and Destin will be harmed as this bill will hinder and eventually totally end all access to federal red snapper fisheries to the general public. The Graves Bill, co-sponsored by Congressman Miller, is a special interest piece of legislation that wants to take one species of fish out of the MSA and federal management and bequeath it to the five state commissions to allow the private boat lobby to execute all the leverage they need to control their special interest agenda at the state level. Only three out of the five men will control how the fishery is managed. In the bill, it allows those three votes to decide who will have access.

In the bill written by the Texas based CCA and their representative from Louisiana, it provides for the end of the present commercial fishery management plan and total reallocation of the portion of fish set aside for the consumer and those who love to eat wild caught Gulf seafood, but don't have the capability to catch their own.

The bill will allow this total reallocation without any federal intervention in less than 7 years. The bill also will end the charter boat industry allocation set aside for our visitors and residence of our states who do not own a boat or can not afford one, but access the fishery aboard federally permitted vessels. This bill creates a foothold that will lead to other species that the fishing industry relies on and can lead to the end of 80 years of participation of recreational anglers access aboard our fleets.

Congressman Miller needs to rescind his support of this tourism killing bill and help our tourist-related industries in District 1. Congressman Miller and his co-signee Mr. Graves need to take a hard look at why they support a selfish, greedy, elitist organization like CCA and want to harm small business all along the five coastal states.

As Republicans it's a strange set of actions coming from members of the party that is supposed to support small mom and pop businesses especially tourism here in Florida. I have personally told Mr. Miller's staff that a congressman may not win an election over a fish, but like the last election cycle in District 2 next door you damn sure might lose one.



Capt. Gary Jarvis

President Destin Charter Boat Association
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:08 AM   #2
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He sure makes it sound like it's big government picking on his small business, doesn't he? I like the threat that he tossed in at the end.
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Old 08-14-2015, 12:13 AM   #3
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Such threats are normal ops....his group likes to take credit for the unseating of Steve Southerland by Gwen Graham over toward Panama city in the 2014 election cycle. Steve Southerland supported recreational fisherman...that's what Jarvis is referring too in,his comment.
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http://www.oceanchampions.org/oc-cur...ean-enemy-1-is

Here is an,example of the.negative ad campaign that environmental defense fund ran because Congressman Southerland advocated for recreational fisherman.


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Old 08-14-2015, 12:26 AM   #5
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It is sad that recreational fisherman have to put up with this BS.
Recommend contacting Jeff Miller and thanking him.
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Yet, it is well known that a huge portion of the funding generated for conservation of our wildlife on land and in our seas is due in part because of the revenue generated from hunters and fishermen & women. Because of the licenses, tags, apparel, fishing gear, ammo, et cetera; we buy to partake in what we enjoy doing.

It's quite humorous this substantial fact is always left out; but when an organization's use of doublespeak and doublethink is important in spreading its propaganda, it would be counterproductive to their deception of the uninformed.
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He has a commercial red snapper quota. I guess everyone overlooks that huge bias.

He used to be a pretty cool guy.
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Typical BS, nothing new from him. I'm about to write Congressman Miller and thank him for his support.


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Many on here know I was opposed to Sector Seperation. I just knew it wasn't the answer. I also knew it wasn't Constitutional. People in the Charter industry that were sucked into this re-allocation should have known that there'd be pushback. I've been a federally permitted operation since the 90s. I've attended dozens of meetings, been in small group meetings with Crabtree and commercial fishermen. We didn't need S.S. We needed proper management, accurate data on harvest, and accurate stock ascessments. That was thrown off the table for a corporatized takeover... You reap what you sow.
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I love how he keeps using the term "recreational" when referring to the charter customers. Am I mistaken in recalling that they had their choice to cast their lot with either the commercial or the recreational side and they chose to throw in with the commercial side? Now they want to portray themselves as recreational?
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