FL - Economic study: Scalloping provides a delicious boost to Hernando County's economy

Economic impact of 2017 season topped $1.1 million, officials say.

BROOKSVILLE — For those who dive into the summertime fun of scalloping on Florida's West Coast, there is no end to the value of the experience.

Scalloping provides a chance to socialize with family and friends on the water while snorkeling in safe, clear waters with the added bonus afterward of eating the tasty shellfish, swimming in garlic and butter, in a sea of satisfying linguini.

The more literal value of the mid-summer scalloping season wasn't quantifiable until recently — the economic value to local businesses that see a rush on ice, snorkeling equipment, fuel and convenience foods bought by those hitting the scalloping grounds offshore.

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