Yeager to CCA: “Confident” county will end up with lighthouse

Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 12:36 PM.

Costin said that the port would create 800 new jobs and replace the jobs lost when the paper plant closed.

Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the TDC, said that area tourism was already up 5 percent so far in 2014 and that 2013 had been “a very strong year.”

Jenkins also reported on her recent visit to New York City where she met with 27 journalists to tell them more about Gulf County and what it has to offer, using buzz words like “pet-friendly,” “bay,” “tupelo” and “outdoors.”

“Journalists have no idea who we are,” said Jenkins. “We’re a clean slate.”

She said that a group of writers would be visiting the area in April and then again in September, hoping that a positive visit would result in positive press.

Jenkins said that she also received a commitment from a cruise ship company interested in offering excursions in the area.

Jenkins will roll out a new visitor’s guide in March with a new website to follow.

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