Bed tax revenue jumps 48 percent in December

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:48 PM.

Coming off a successful winter the Gulf County Tourist Development Council is focused squarely on preparing for the spring and summer months.

Executive director Jennifer Jenkins last week unveiled to her advisory board the broad strokes of a “Beach Ambassador” program to be implemented this year and aiming to provide a more consistent presence on the beaches.

The program will be funded from the one penny the TDC collects in bed taxes for beach nourishment, the so-called fourth cent.

Jenkins proposed, and the advisory council approved sending it to the Board of County Commissioners for final sign-off, spending more than $94,000 to jump start what is a pilot project.

The largest component of that spending will be on vehicles.

The TDC would purchase two four-wheel drive vehicles, one for beach enforcement and the other for the beach ambassadors, as well as an ATV for the beach ambassador program.

Those three vehicles would cost an estimated $68,500, Jenkins said.



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