Bed taxes rising, TDC council seeks to keep eye on ball

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:41 AM.

However, members of her board expressed reservations with the entire concept.

“I don’t like the idea of the TDC splitting its focus,” said board member Tony Whitfield, who added that he sure the BOCC saw an effective agency with operations worth duplicating. “I’m on the TDC, not the EDC. I’m concerned about the impacts to the TDC.”

The primary concern of board chair David Warriner was the physical “cohabitation” of the two agencies as Kopinsky moves into the TDC Welcome Center at least for the summer.

Warriner said the Welcome Center as already a beehive of activity with tourists and wondered how effective the physical arrangement could be, if, for example, some businessmen looking to locate arrive at Welcome Center in business attire at the same time a tourist enters in sandals and shorts to find out where to clean fish.,

“This building is stressed to the max,” Warriner said. “I’m afraid we are going to take our eye off the ball a bit. We need full focus on what we are doing.”

County attorney Jeremy Novak said the marketing of Gulf County, whether tourism- or business-related, were part of the same pie.

“As they get the EDC up and running you (the TDC) want to be a part of that,” Novak said.

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