Tourist Development Council

Tourist Development Council

Purpose:
The Tourist Development Council was created by Ordinance to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for the effective operation of the special projects or for uses of the Tourist Development Tax revenue and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by County ordinance or resolution. 

AUTHORITY:
Section 125.0104(4)(e), Florida Statutes
Ord. No. 95-4, § 1(8-201)

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Tourist Development Council shall have the following duties:
  • Prior to the enactment of the ordinance levying and imposing the tourist development tax, the council shall prepare and submit to the board of county commissioners for its approval a plan for tourist development. The plan shall set forth the anticipated net tourist development tax revenue to be derived by the county for the 24 months following the levy of the tax; the tax district in which the tourist development tax is proposed; and a list, in the order of priority, of the proposed uses of the tax revenue by specific project or special use as the same are authorized by F.S. § 125.0104. The plan shall include the approximate cost or expense allocation for each specific project or special use.
  • The council shall, from time to time, make recommendations to the board of county commissioners for the effective operation of the special projects or for uses of the tourist development tax revenue.
  • The council shall continuously review expenditures of revenues from the tourist development trust fund and shall receive, at least quarterly, expenditure reports from the Board of County Commissioners or its designee. Expenditures which the council believes to be unauthorized shall be reported to the Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Revenue.
  • The council shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by County ordinance or resolution. 
MEMBERSHIP:
Appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Tourist Development Council shall be composed of nine (9) members.  The composition shall be as follows:
  • The chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, or any other member of the Board of County Commissioners as designated by the chairman, shall be the chairman of the council.
  • Two (2) members of the council shall be elected municipal officials, one of whom shall be from the most populous municipality in the County.
  • Three (3) members of the council shall be owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks or other tourist accommodations in the county and subject to the tax.
  • Three (3) members of the council shall be persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development, but who are not owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks or other accommodations in the county and subject to the tax.
All members of the council shall be electors of the county. 

TERMS:
Members serve four-year terms.

MEETINGS:
Meetings are held quarterly at 8:15 am.

CONTACT / STAFF LIAISON:
Commissioner Brooks
Chantel Brutus / Staff Liaison
(863) 402-6909

MEMBERS:
Maria Sutherland / Avon Park City Council 
Term Expires: 05/02/2022

Mark Stewart / Sebring City Council
Term Expires: 05/02/2022

Christine Hatfield / Inn on the Lakes
Term Expires: 05/02/2023

Bill Brantley / Lake Shore Resort
Term Expires: 05/02/2023

Diane Rydecki / Lake Blue Resort
Term Expires: 05/02/2021

Cynthia Garren / South Florida State College
Term Expires: 05/02/2023

Vicki Pontius / Highlands County Lakes
Term Expires: 05/02/2023

Tenille Drury-Smith / Advent Health
Term Expires: 05/02/2021