by Debbie Carson, Vero News
Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 3:40PM EDT
FELLSMERE — After six years of finding investors, property and a suitable location, officials from Florida Organic Aquaculture broke ground on its facility to cultivate “happy, healthy shrimp” meant to be sold to area restaurants and grocers.
“It has been a long, winding road,” founder and CEO Cliff Morris said, explaining that up until six months ago he’d been running on adrenaline – now, he’s switched to excitement.
Located near SunAg where County Road 512 makes the sharp turn south toward State Road 60, Florida Organic Aquaculture is busy building what is being hailed as the nation’s largest pole-barn, a 4.2-acre structure the length of 3.5 football fields. The structure will be utilized for growing the shrimp and other aquatic organisms.
“It’s like watching a ballet,” Morris said of watching the construction of the massive building. “This facility will put Fellsmere on the aquaculture map in the world.”
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