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Holly Benson: Gimme real grouper

Holly Benson, the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, announced this morning that her agency will be doubling the minumum fine from $250 to $500 for restaurants caught fooling diners about what kind of fish they are serving.

Benson's action follows investigations into whether restaurants were charging diners for grouper and actually serving some other kind of fish. The state probes were kindled by stories in the St. Petersburg Times that questioned if Tampa Bay area restaurants were engaged in fish-swapping.

"I love grouper, so when I order grouper, I expect to eat grouper,'' said Benson in a statement.

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