Bed tax revenue continues rise

Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

On the first anniversary of her arrival as executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council, Jennifer Jenkins provided her advisory board on Tuesday with some celebratory numbers.

April bed tax collections were up 11.79 percent compared to the prior year. That means an increase in six of the first seven months of the fiscal year – a 15 percent increase from the same period last year – and an increase in revenue of over $35,000 through the first seven months.

In addition, the TDC has non-allocated funds for the current fiscal year of over $15,000 – based on growth projections of 4 percent per month the remainder of the fiscal year – and visitors to the TDC website have exploded.

There were 81 percent more visitors to the website in May than the same month in 2012, 69 percent growth just from April. The number of visitors to the Welcome Center is also up 44 percent.

“Today is my one-year anniversary and it has been a great year,” Jenkins told the advisory board. “Thank you for the support you have shown me and my team.”

Also noted during the meeting was that the first recycling can for the pilot project to be established during the summer at Salinas Park will be in place sometime in the next week.

The pilot project is intended for Waste Management to gauge the viability of establishing a recycling program in the county.

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