Alabama taxpayers will help subsidize the future headquarters for the Major League Fishing Anglers Association. According to a report posted Monday on AL.com, the MLFAA, which intends to function like players unions in other sports, has secured $150,000 under the Tourism and Travel Promotion Program as part of the state’s 2020 budget, which was approved by lawmakers and recently signed by Gov. Kay Ivey.
The report also quoted MLF co-founder Boyd Duckett as saying the headquarters will be located near Lake Guntersville and be part of a new City Harbor development. Duckett is a Guntersville resident and his Duckett Fishing, Duckett Marine and Duckett Pointe real estate development businesses are all based in Guntersville.
Clay Scofield, a Republican member of the Alabama State Senate who represents the 9th District, including Guntersville, made the funding request on behalf of the MLFAA, which intends to promote environmental protection initiatives and get children involved in fishing.
“The hope is having that headquarters there will help draw more fishermen, more anglers to not just Lake Guntersville, but every lake in the state,” Scofield said, according to the online report.
Roughly $3 million from the state’s General Fund and state lodging tax will be provided to organizations or events through the Tourism Department. The $150,000 earmarked for the MLFAA is far from the largest outlay, though. The USS Alabama Battleship Park is due to receive $1 million for repairs. Another $500,000 is going to the World Games, which are coming to Birmingham in 2021. The Alabama Bass Trail, which conducts fishing tournaments around the state, is due to get $224,437.
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