Songwriters' Fest attracts crowds to area

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 09:48 AM.

Leslie said that while songwriters appreciate ballads and the subtleties and nuances found within, more often than not, more time was dedicated to up-tempo songs to keep the energy levels high.

He added that highlights for him included the kickoff set at Triple Tails, though he also enjoyed his writer’s round at Toucan’s.

“Triple Tails was the best,” said Leslie. “There were tons of people packed in there and everyone was exceedingly cordial.”

Presenting sponsors for the event included the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Visit Florida, two organizations with the goal of building and improving tourism in the sunshine state.

Carol Dover, President of the FRL in Tallahassee, actively works to promote tourism in the area, especially since the BP oil spill in 2010. Through funding from Governor Rick Scott, the FRL was able to sponsor the Blast on the Bay Songwriters’ Festival and the Seafood Festival in Panama City, both of which took place over the weekend.

The goal of the FRL is to bring people to the area and fill hotels, which means more visitors dining out, shopping, and supporting the local economy.

“Port St. Joe is a great city, a hidden gem,” said Dover.



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