Bed tax revenues jump again

Published: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 09:53 AM.

The TDC has already provided $5,000 in marketing money and approved Tuesday spending less than $40 to ship luggage tags in the TDC Visitors Guide going to each of the more than 70 women traveling from across the country for the Beach Blast.

Semper Fi Sisters had asked for assistance on the estimated $13,000 needed for shipping those care packages. The Marketing Committee will take the issue up again on Monday.

The board also approved providing funding for Blast on the Bay, a newly-imagined Scallop Festival for next year and the Fourth of July celebration in Port St. Joe. The TDC board also approved moving ahead on promoting the Celebrate Twice event on New Year’s Eve in partnership with Mexico Beach.

The TDC board also approved $1,000 in funding for a junior high basketball tournament around Thanksgiving at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

Jenkins said she is pursuing a BP grant of $500,000 to create a branding campaign around the slogan “We Breathe Water” in Gulf County. Jenkins noted that everyone knows about the great beaches in the area, but there were many ways to market the water resources – from the Gulf of Mexico to the Dead Lakes – in the county.

“We need to push ourselves beyond what we are doing right now,” Jenkins said.

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