The following is cross-posted from Noah Pransky’s award-winning Shadow of the Stadium blog.
Florida Governor Rick Scott announced (on Friday) that “Dolphin Tale 2,” the sequel that will feature “Winter,” Clearwater’s famous dolphin with a prosthetic tail, will film in Florida. Scott also announced the state will donate $5 million from its general revenue fund to help fund the film.
I’m not sure what the $5 million incentive was for, since it would have been very hard to shoot a movie about this one-of-a-kind dolphin in another state.
It’s also hard to make the case that Alcon Entertainment needed the money after the first “Dolphin Tale” grossed almost $100 million worldwide.
So what would have happened if the state didn’t hand out $5 million to the studio?
I guess the state would have just had to find something else to spend $5 million on.