Tension builds over role of TDC

After months of turmoil between county officials and the Tourist Development Council (TDC), Commissioner Rob Williamson wants to revisit the ordinance that established the TDC, and some members are concerned he’s trying to redefine their roles.

Tension has been building since last year, when the county brought the tourism staff in-house and under the supervision of the county’s Economic Development Office (EDO).

Previously, the TDC provided sole supervision of and direction to staff, including Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie Morgan, who now reports to EDO Director Shannon Ogletree.

That transition has caused friction between county officials and some TDC members, who want more of a say in decision-making related to the county’s tourist development efforts.

Read the full story in the June 18 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.


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