TDC celebrates successful fall marketing campaign

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

Bed taxes are up and the Gulf County Tourist Development Council advisory council was feeling good.

During last Friday’s regular meeting the council celebrated a bed tax revenue increase of 26.8 percent in August over the same month last year.

The current 4 percent tax collected $747,254 year –to-date over the 2011-12 total of $661,372.

Beach nourishment plans for the new fiscal year include signage for Indian Pass, Cape San Blas and St. Joe Beach to warn visitors and residents to not walk on the dunes, though council chairman David Warriner worried that too many signs may be unattractive to Gulf County visitors.

“I have a problem with ‘don’t’ signs,” said Warriner. “I don’t want to say no to everyone.”

The council agreed to monitor the public’s response to the signs and revisit the verbiage in the future if needed.

TDC director Jennifer Jenkins mentioned that the budget had undergone a final adjustment from $600,000 to $650,000 for the new fiscal year. Jenkins said that this number was still conservative.

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