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ORAL HISTORY

Steven Rash


Water Street Seafood

Steven Rash was born in Missouri in 1960. He was raised throughout the United States, but his family moved Tallahassee, Florida when he was in high school. Rash fished and ate seafood at St. George Island because of its close proximity to Tallahassee. While attending Florida State University, a friend from New York mentioned that restaurants in the city would pay top dollar for Gulf shrimp. Rash and his friends decided to buy shrimp from Apalachicola and ship it up north. Rash also began selling Gulf shrimp in Tallahassee. His lucrative side project soon bloomed into a full-time business.

Hurricane Kate devastated Florida’s Forgotten Coast in 1985, and Rash decided to move his seafood business to Apalachicola. Water Street Seafood buys fresh seafood caught in the Gulf Coast. They are the largest distributor of seafood in North Florida. They sell fresh and frozen seafood in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. They also ship seafood via UPS and FedEx throughout the United States.

Date of interview:
2021-10-21

Interviewer:
Annemarie Anderson

Photographer:
Annemarie Anderson

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