Billfish Turnout Disappoints Event Organizers

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During the Annual Billfish Tournament at Bay Point, size matters. Fishing crews win big money for the largest billfish they catch, but it was the size of the crowd that has event organizers upset.

"This year we probably only saw about 6,000 people on Saturday, which is traditionally our largest night. Our friends over in Panama City saw the traffic on the Hathaway Bridge and turned around and went home. It means less money for our three charities, and I'm sorry about that," says Bill Spann, Tournament Chairman.

Shaddai Shrine Center Children's Transportation Fund officials felt the decline in their pocketbook.

"Last year we raised about $17,000 from the Billfish tournament. This year I don't think we'll event come close," says Shriner Norman Karazsweski.

Together the three charities (Boys and Girls Club, the Shriners, and the Children's Home Society) were supposed to raise around $60,000. They were unable to reach their goal.