Florida fishing guides are closing shop
The coronavirus pandemic has taken a significant economic toll on the Florida Keys region, which is heavily dependent on tourism for revenue. Fishing guides, whose peak season runs from March through June, are now anxious about the tens of thousands of dollars in income they expect to lose—money that was supposed to tide their business over for the rest of the year. Many have faced cancellations, while others proactively postponed trips to protect themselves and their clients — many of whom are older Americans. If the economy doesn’t recover rapidly enough, some guides may find themselves faced with an impossible choice: To persist or move out of the region altogether. Southerly has the story.