Leon Braun just wanted to show off his latest enterprise to his friends that Sunday afternoon some 13 years ago. They were driving back to his home in Hollywood after attending a wedding in St. Petersburg. Then in his late 60s, Braun was an engineer, inventor, and venture capitalist; he was wearing all three hats for this project, a 285-acre fish farm leased from the Seminole Tribe of Florida on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Glades County. Braun had long been intrigued with the idea of fish farming and was quite enthusiastic after speaking with the owners of U.S. Fish Corp. about investing in the operation. Most of the other two dozen investors were retired and, like Braun, veterans of World War II. Braun brought in other backers, including his friend Marty Oster, a... More >>>
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U.S. Fish Corp. investors hoped that fish eggs (above) would mature into gold by harvest time (left) at the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. The venture spawned only lawsuits.