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U.S. Secretary of the Interior visits Bay County

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt meets with Congressman Neal Dunn and Half Hitch store owner Tom Putnam.
Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt meets with Congressman Neal Dunn and Half Hitch store owner Tom Putnam.(WJHG/WECP)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 6:23 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) -

A member of the president’s cabinet was in Panama City Beach Wednesday.

Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt is in the panhandle as part of a trip throughout the entire state to visit several properties managed by the department, but Wednesday he stopped by Half Hitch on Thomas Drive along with Congressman Neal Dunn. While there, he discussed the importance of small businesses and red snapper season which just began last week.

“We need to make sure that we have sustainable and scientifically based harvesting, but we also have to be reasonable regulators,” said Bernhardt.

Half Hitch owner Tom Putnam said, “when fishing is good, people love to go fishing, and that’s kind of the way it is right now. It’s not only snapper fishing but a lot of other species are very good right now.”

In Florida, the fishing industry generates $11.5 billion and supports 106,296 jobs.

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