TDC continues to weigh fifth cent

Published: Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM.

The Board of County Commissioners last week expressed support for moving to a fifth cent in bed tax.

The Gulf County Tourist Development Council remains divided on the issue.

The TDC advisory council will meet again the first week of August to take up the issue again, but the TDC is taking a deliberate approach, with its budget committee, which met last Friday, continuing to examine options.

The advisory council was philosophically divided on adding to the bed tax during its most recent meeting.

The idea is to implement an additional penny to fund a “beach safety program”, a permissible use of the revenue in state law, according to county attorney Jeremy Novak.

A central component of that plan, under the proposal provided the TDC board to add the penny, was funding equipment and training for two Gulf County Sheriff’s deputies who would be assigned exclusively to the tourist corridors.

Those two new positions would be funded by the Sheriff’s Office.

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