By Sabrina Robertson
Public Information Officer Nassau County Board of County Commissioners
The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council (TDC) believes that special events are vital to the successful development of Amelia Island as a year-round tourist destination. The collection of additional Tourist Development Taxes (TDTs) generated by overnight stays, along with additional sales tax collected on retail items, meals, and entertainment, enhances the local economy and the quality of life for our residents.
The TDC is excited to announce a new Sponsorship Funding Policy designed to invest in projects and events with the potential to attract visitors who will occupy overnight accommodations on Amelia Island. Organizations hosting events or programs that showcase tourism drivers and attributes of Amelia Island such as nature, culture and heritage, culinary, beach, wellness, performing arts or sports, may be eligible to apply for financial support from the TDC.
An application process has been established for sponsorships to be considered. Applications will be accepted now through June 30, 2023, to be considered for support during the 23/24 Fiscal Year (October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024). The funding application, conditions for funding and other relevant information can be found at: https://bit.ly/TDCSponsorship.
Upon receipt of completed applications, all applications will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the criteria for use of bed-tax funds as outlined in Section 125.0104, Florida Statutes, and that the proposed event follows the established policy guidelines. After reviewing the applications, the TDC Managing Director may recommend approval of the funding request to the TDC Board. If a recommendation is approved by the TDC Board, the TDC Board shall execute a Resolution recommending approval by the BOCC. The BOCC will consider the TDC’s recommendation at a regularly scheduled and noticed meeting. Any organization approved for sponsorship funding will be required to enter into a contract with the County defining the performance requirements.
“This formalizes a process for organizations to apply for dedicated funding support for events or programs which have a main purpose of attracting visitors to our community”, said Gil Langley, TDC Managing Director. “Our goal is to partner with entities that will help build need periods, drive economic impact, and create a sustainable tourism industry throughout Nassau County.”
If you have any questions, please contact Mariela Murphy at (904) 277-4369 or via e-mail at [email protected].
Read the full article here: Tourist Development Council Announces Sponsorship Funding Policy – The County Insider