TDC approves ‘concept’ of an additional penny

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM.

Pickett said it was important for the TDC to establish the standards for beach health.

“The cleaner we keep it the cleaner people will keep it,” he said.

But board member Chris Petrie said comments he had heard this summer indicated a level of discontent TDC staff and board had to be aware of and that the situation was undermining “the brand” and was something “we need to get ahead of.”

Even though sheer bed tax numbers didn’t reflect it – bed taxes were down slightly in June, though there was one less weekend this year than last and last June was a quarterly collection month, which have been eliminated – the volume of visitors told a different story.

“There is a concern about growth and we need to be mindful of it,” Jenkins said. “We need to strive to grow in a sustainable manner. That is our mantra for the next year.

“And it is not just tourism; it is the entire county, the port, economic development. We have to balance our growth.”

Jenkins, with the board’s help, also honed her focus for marketing in the coming year.

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