Florida Officials Want Spending Power to Promote Alligator Products

The state collects money for alligator egg collection permits, but ag officials don’t have the authority to spend the money.

Now state officials are looking for increased spending authority this legislative session to market alligator meat and leather items.

"Tourists come down and want to buy alligator products." says Terry McElroy with the Florida Department of Agriculture. "People in fine clothing stores want to buy alligator skirts, alligator shoes, briefcases and so on."

Those alligator egg collection permits bring in about $100,000 a year. On a related note, the state recently extended alligator hunting season.