Filming of Dolpin Tale 2 ties up traffic in Clearwater


Clearwater residents and visitors can expect traffic delays during different parts of the day on Wednesday.

The delays are part of the final day of production for the film "Dolphin Tale 2" at the Clearwater Aquarium, the Clearwater Causeway and the Dunedin Causeway.

People ABC Action News spoke with this morning say they didn't mind being stuck in the traffic.

"It's always great to see activity with filming anywhere, it creates an economic boom for the area," says Mike Dougherty as he was walking across the Dunedin Causeway.

The film temporarily stopped traffic there earlier Wednesday morning as they were shooting aerial shots across the drawbridge.

Bentley Jones is a ferry captain who says he didn't mind being stopped, he and his wife were supporters of the first film when they moved here from Charleston, SC.

"The first thing we did was go to the Clearwater museum to see the dolphin there, Winter, and I think it's great for the area, it's good exposure," he said.

ABC Action News caught up with Executive Producer Bob Engelman, who also has produced movies like The Mask, Blade, Little Nicky, as well as Dolphin Tale 2.

He says the filming this time around has been a positive experience.

"Obviously this is a sequel, so we're very familiar with the area. The community has been absolutely supportive," Engelman said.

And for families who can't wait to see the sequel, Engelman gave us a few hints on what to watch out for.

"We've added a turtle, we have a lot more of our birds, we have an additional dolphin Hope, and it's all based on a true story," he said.

Dolphin Tale 2 being released on September 19th, follows along the first iteration released in 2011, telling the true story of the Clearwater Aquarium dolphins, Winter and Hope.

The movie stars Harry Connick Jr., with a supporting cast of Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.

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