Gov. Rick Scott approves $5M for 'Dolphin Tale 2' filming

10:32 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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Scene from Dolphin Tale. (Courtesy Warner Bros., Alcon Entertainment)



Clearwater, Florida -- Governor Rick Scott confirmed reports that "Dolphin Tale 2" will be filmed at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium this fall.

The project, he says, will create more economic activity in the Clearwater area and will create jobs for more Florida families.

"This exciting news builds on the economic momentum that Florida is currently experiencing. Since Dec. 2010, our state has created over 333,000 private-sector jobs and our unemployment rate remains below the national average," Gov. Scott boasted.

However, movie production companies don't just agree to film a movie in a certain location for free. In order to get the film's production company, Alcon Entertainment, to agree to film in the state, they're going to need some incentives.

So, Gov. Scott announced Friday $5 million from the 2013-14 Florida Families First general revenue budget will pay for part of the film's production. The budget's focus is to create jobs, improve education and keep the cost of living low for all Floridians.

The governor's office reports the first Dolphin Tale movie had over 55 production days in 2010 and added $17 million in revenue to the state, including paychecks totaling slightly more than $7.5 million for nearly 1,300 Floridians working as crew members, actors and extras.

Other expenses that benefited the local economy included equipment rentals, hotel accommodations, catering and other production expenses.

As a result of this film, attendance at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium quadrupled to about 750,000 annual visitors last year, with 300,000 of those visitors traveling from out of state.

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Because of increased visitors to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, earlier this year the aquarium announced plans to build a new facility in downtown Clearwater.

A study from the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg College of Business estimates these films will have a $2 billion economic impact on the area for the next 5 years.

"Dolphin Tale 2" is scheduled to be released in theaters Sept. 19, 2014, and will star Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium will be the primary filming location.

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