Tourist Development Office

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Bed-tax surge points to strong tourism trend

Shortly after announcing its first $3 million year, the county Tourist Development Office reported Dec. 2 that October’s bed-tax collections blew past the previous October by 51.61 percent. The county brought in $268,125.73 in bed taxes during the month. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Insufficient funds for local events

Insufficient funds for local events

Of the $2,398,948 collected last fiscal year in bed tax dollars in Santa Rosa County, the Tourist Development Office set aside $75,000 to use as grant money for local events that help promote tourism. A criterion was set that had to be met in order to qualify for the grant money. The requests could not […]

Poof! Let there be raises!

Poof!  Let there be raises!

And Commissioner Williamson said, let there be raises, and so it was. We are in full support of giving deputies much needed raises. How can we employ the best when we don’t offer much in the way of pay? When our surrounding counties offer more than we do? When deputies who are loyal to our […]

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Grant request may inflate Tough Mudder’s benefit

Every hotel and motel room in Santa Rosa County would have to be filled for an entire week in April by Tough Mudder enthusiasts to achieve the economic impact of the two-day event as estimated in a request for state funding filed by the Tourist Development Office. That’s because while there are 695 such rooms […]

Tourist tax glitch scrutinized

Tourist tax glitch scrutinized

Some inaccurate figures on Santa Rosa County tourist bed tax collections were corrected on the county’s website last week soon after the Navarre Press questioned them. For example, revenue from the 5 percent tax on hotel stays listed by the county’s Tourist Development Office for July 2014, the height of the visitor season, was $477,576.09 […]

Questions over county hire

Questions over county hire

The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office recently named county student worker Al Wilson as the replacement for former full-time employee Susan Poggione. Wilson’s hire raised eyebrows after it was disclosed he is married to Santa Rosa County Libraries Director Gwen Wilson – and one of five student workers related to county employees. According to […]

County hires prompt questions

County hires prompt questions

Santa Rosa County’s hiring practices are being scrutinized after it was revealed paid student worker positions aren’t always advertised – and five out of eight its current student employees have relatives working for the county. The matter arose after Alvin Wilson, a part-time student employee in the Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office, was named […]