Hook for museum is fishing

By Piper Castillo, Times Staff Writer

LARGO — A Seminole resident wants to open a fishing museum here in the building that formerly housed the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, and county officials have given him a green light.

Jim Simons, president of the World Billfish Series and head of the First Fish Forever Foundation, says his Florida Gulf Coast Center for Fishing and Interactive Museum will focus on “the value of teaching children about life through fishing.”

The Pinellas County Commission reviewed his plan and last week gave Simons, 57, the okay to begin negotiations with the real estate department about leasing the county-owned building in the Pinewood Cultural Park, which also houses Heritage Village and the Florida Botanical Gardens.

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