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'Dolphin Tale 2' to be shot in Clearwater

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The 2011 movie, "Dolphin Tale" turned into a public relations bonanza for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Attendance at the attraction sky rocketed from 200-thousand a year, to almost a quarter million.

"I'm thrilled that Dolphin Tale 2 is gonna be filmed right here in Florida," said Governor Rick Scott at a kick-off event.

With $5 million in taxpayer dollars going to help fund the project, Governor Scott announced the movie makers are coming back to do it all again.

"It's a great day to have a sequel right here. It's generated a lot of jobs ... impacts a lot of families in the area, I look forward to looking, watching the second one," said the governor.

About 1,300 people worked on the first dolphin flick. A continuation of Winter's story will be told, and another dolphin, named Hope will join her. All the original stars will return for the sequel, Winter included.

"The good news is I happen to be Winter's agent. So, we've got that covered," said Clearwater Aquarium CEO David Yates.

"Well how cool is that? We have a sequel guys. Is that cool or what?" said Yates.

The aquarium received international attention as it hosted war veterans and others who, like Winter, live without a limb. And now, the Winter-Hope duo will hopefully reel in the tourist dollars again.

"This is the type of thing that other tourism destinations dream about. To have a two hour long basically infomercial about the destination is one thing. To have a sequel just knocks it out of the parks," said David Downing with Visit St. Pete-Clearwater.

With more tourists, officials also expect more jobs.

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