TDC discusses addition to bed tax

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 10:11 AM.

But, Jenkins said, the condition of the beaches is a nagging problem, with trash, tents, grills and other items left behind.

Dogs were off leashes as the county promotes pet-friendly beaches and the ability for even safety vehicles to reach portions of the beach was compromised.

Sgt. Chris Buchanan of the GCSO also noted that the beaches area continues to experience a problem with car and home break-ins, more than a dozen over the holiday weekend alone.

“If we don’t get ahead of this it could get out of control very quickly,” Jenkins said. “We re-launched a brand in February and all indications are that it is resonating. We need to manage the brand.”

How to do that was where the board lacked a consensus.

Ronald Pickett and Alyson Gerlach each expressed a reluctance or outright opposition to any increase in the bed tax.

For Gerlach, the issue was simply the costs to bed tax collectors and their guests.

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