EYE ON GOVERNMENT: Brevard County Tourist Development Council Upcoming Meeting Schedule Set

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operates under the governance of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners

The Brevard County Tourist Development Council, which operates under the governance of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners, was established to promote growth, development and quality of tourism on the Space Coast.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Tourist Development Council has announced its upcoming meeting schedule.

The Brevard County Tourist Development Council, which operates under the governance of the Brevard County Board of Commissioners, was established to promote growth, development and quality of tourism on the Space Coast.

The TDC encourages participation by both visitors and residents in tourism-related activities and act as the primary body to determine direction, goals and policy for use of the tourism tax.

The TDC consists of nine members appointed by the County Commission according to a formula established in the Florida Statutes.

One member is the County Commission Chair or their designee. Two represent municipal governments in the county. Three represent businesses who collect bed tax and the remaining three represent tourism-related entities that do not collect a bed tax.

The current TDC Board of Directors includes Tom Williamson (Vice Chair), Bob Baugher, Palm Bay Mayor William Capote, Timothy Deratany, Jim Barfield (D2.Commissioner), Titusville Mayor Walt Johnson, Puneet Kapur (Chair) Jim Ridenour and Laurilee Thompson.

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The TDC is funded by the Tourist Development Tax (Resort Tax), a 5 percent tax on the total rental amount collected from every person or other party who rents, leases, or lets for consideration living quarters or accommodation in any hotel, apartment hotel, motel, resort motel, apartment, apartment motel, rooming house, mobile home park, recreational vehicle park, or condominiums for a period of 6 months or less.

This tax, which is projected to be more than $14.5 million in the next fiscal year, is collected by the Brevard County Tax Collector pursuant to Brevard County Code, Chapter 102, “Taxation,” Article III, as authorized by Florida Statute 125.0104.

The local Tourist Development Tax is in addition to the 7 percent State of Florida Sales and Use Tax remitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.

Meetings planned for March include:

• March 9: 3 p.m. – Sports meeting – Courtyard by Marriott, Melbourne
• March 13: 3 p.m. – Capital Facilities – Courtyard by Marriott, Cocoa Beach
• March 14: 3 p.m. – Beach Improvement – TDO office, 430 Brevard Ave., Cocoa
• March 20: 3 p.m. – Sales Action Team meeting – Courtyard by Marriott, Cocoa Beach
• March 21: 3 p.m. – Cultural meeting – TDO office, 430 Brevard Ave., Cocoa
• March 23: 3 p.m. – Marketing meeting – Radisson at the Port, Cape Canaveral

Remaining meetings for 2018 include:

March 28: 2 p.m. – Melbourne Rialto Hilton, Melbourne
April 25: 2 p.m. – Hilton, Cocoa Beach
May 23: 2 p.m. – Holiday Inn Express, West Melbourne
June 27: 2 p.m. – No Meeting in June
July 25: 2 p.m. – Exploration Tower, Port Canaveral
August 22: 2 p.m. – Kennedy Space Center, Titusville
September 26: 2 p.m. – Exploration Center, Port Canaveral
October 24: 2 p.m. – Holiday Inn Express, Palm Bay
November 14: 2 p.m. – Orlando Melbourne International Airport, Melbourne
December 19: 2 p.m. – Courtyard By Marriott, Cocoa Beach

All meeting are open to the public.

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