Title: State Department Planning Promotion of Lake Okeechobee
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Title: State Department Planning Promotion of Lake Okeechobee
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Language: English
Publisher: The Palm Beach Post
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: The Palm Beach Post Article October 14, 1986
General Note: Box 7, Folder 2 ( Vail Conference 1987 - 1987 ), Item 42
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1986




State department



planning promotion


of Lake Okeechobee


By JOHN STEMEN
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
OKEECHOBEE Florida's
Commerce Department plans to
help the economy of the Lake Okee-
chobee area by distributing a pro-
motional news feature about the
lake to about 1,500 newspapers in
the Southeast.
"We want to emphasize the fact
that fishing is still fantastic on
Lake Okeechobee," said Estus
Whitfield, a senior government an-
alyst for Gov. Bob Graham.
The action is being taken largely
at the suggestion of local fishing
guide and environmentalist Scott
Driver, Whitfield said. Driver met
with Graham last Thursday in West
Palm Beach.
Whitfield said Commerce De-
partment officials and the gover-
nor agreed publicity about a recent
algae blrom on the lake by the
national media could be detrimen-
tal to the economy of the area, and
said effective action was needed to
encourage winter visitors to con-
tinue to return to the lake.
The news release will shy away
from environmental issues, and
will instead provide information
about fishing, according to Cather-
ine Haagerson, administrator of
domestic publicity for the Com-
merce Department's Division of
Tourism.
"We just want to promote the
positive aspects of fishing on the
lake," Haagerson said.
Whitfield said fishing hot spots


'We want to emphasize the
fact that fishing is still fan-
tastic on Lake Okeecho-
bee.'
ESTUS WHITFIELf
STATE ANALYST

and fishing camp locations will be
included in the release.
Community News Service of Tal-
labassee, a newspaper syndicate
which distributes articles mainly to
small daily and weekly papers in
Georgia and Florida, was prepar-
ing a special publication for small
papers throughout the Southeast.
and had agreed to send the release
to those papers, according to the
service's publisher, Carson Kan-
ning.
A one- to three-day fishing tour-
nament on the lake, with national
fishing and sports writers partici-
pating, is in the "very tentative
planning stages," Whitfield said:
The Commmerce Department
-wants several months to prepare
for the tournament and it likely
won't be held until the beginning of
next year, the governor's aide said.
"This would be very conducive
also to the taping of television
spots," Whitfield said. "The event
would really acquaint these fishing
guides with the many virtues of the
lake, and we'd have local guides
like Driver taking them out on the
lake."




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