From USFSP News Center – Posted by Tom Scherberger

CLEARWATER (Aug. 15, 2012) – A new study by the USF St. Petersburg College of Business has found that the local economic impact of the movie DolphinTale will total more than a half-billion dollars next year and will triple by 2016. The impact on the local economy totals $5 billion over five years, the study found.

The impact of the popular family film was spread across all sectors of the local economy, from hotels to taxis, but was felt most directly at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the real-life story is set.

The film had a two-fold impact on the local economy, the study found, generating jobs in 2010 during 55 days of production and continuing after it became one of the most popular films in the country. The impact will continue to grow through 2016.

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Thank you so much Kylie for this beautiful drawing!

The news that an updated documentary about Winter the dolphin is being filmed came from a 13-year-old celebrity Thursday.

Cozi Zuehlsdorff, who played young Hazel in the movie Dolphin Tale and will help narrate the documentary, was the center of attention during the announcement at the Harborview Center downtown Thursday morning. More than 250 people lined up to take photos with her.

Read the rest of the Tampa Bay Times’ story here.

On February 18th, 2012 CMA held a DOLPHIN TALE MOVIE PROP SALE to raise funds to support the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Several movie prop items were left behind by the DOLPHIN TALE production company after filming, and were sold at the sale. One special prop was one of the duck rings used during the scene in which Sawyer (played by Nathan Gamble) was trying to find a toy for Winter. In the scene Winter grabbed the duck, pulling Sawyer in the pool with her and the two bonded in a playful swim. A silent auction was held for the toy, and we are so happy to report it sold for $500! Thank you to the Flood family of Baden, Ontario for their generous bid! This sort of support allows us to continue our mission to rescue, rehab and release more marine animals!