TJ Goulet

Infrastructure grants off the table

Infrastructure grants off the table

Despite taking a hardline approach in May, the Tourist Development Council (TDC) flip-flopped Tuesday, voting to fund several out of cycle Local Event Marketing Grants just weeks before the TDC’s final budget proposal is due to the county. In doing so they gutted a plan to offer two $10,000 grants for the encouragement of budding […]

Visionaries wanted

Visionaries wanted

A visionary: thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom (Merriam-Webster). The Collins English Dictionary says if you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved. Visionaries step out of the […]

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities’ Revenue Manager Mike Lorea didn’t hesitate to jump into action when he was approached about helping out with the Weekend Food Program in South Santa Rosa County. At the Springhill Suites on Pensacola Beach Tuesday afternoon, he and members of his staff  were on hand participating in a regional training conference and they […]

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Meet Myrtle the Turtle

Santa Rosa County has a new ambassador that will call the Florida Welcome Center on I-10 home.  Her name is Myrtle the Turtle and she has her own hashtag (#myrtletheturtle). In a Tourist Development Council meeting April 5, Julie Morgan, tourist development director said that the possibilities that the turtle idea creates are endless.  The […]

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

Tourism leaders seek delay in beach dredging

The cheapest price isn’t the best deal on the $15 million dredging project to renourish Navarre Beach this spring, area tourism leaders assert. They estimate the economic damage to the area’s leisure industry at $10 million, far more than Santa Rosa County Commissioners will save by recently accepting the lowest bid from Weeks Marine Inc., […]