Tourist Development Council

This Council prepares a tourist development plan for the Board of County Commissioners, recommends uses for the tourist development tax revenue, and monitors trust fund spending. It also makes recommendations to the Commissioners for developing tourism in the area.

Membership:

The members of this Council shall be appointed by the BOCC and shall be comprised of 11 members. Composition is specified as follows:

  • 4 Elected Officials -
    • County Commissioner
    • Chairman of BOCC automatically serves as Chair
    • City of Tampa
    • City of Temple Terrace
    • City of Plant City
  • No less than 3 and no more than 4 Hotel/Motel Industry Reps
  • No less than 3 and no more than 4 Tourist-Related Industry Reps

This includes owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the County and subject to a tourist development tax.

See: "Notice of Tourist Development Tax Funding Application Period for FY 2018-2019"

Terms:

Members shall serve four year terms.

Special requirements:

Tourist related industry members must be involved in tourism related businesses or venues.

Authority:

Florida Statutes, 125.0104 (1978); Hillsborough County Ordinance 78-10 and 80-7; HB 867, in 2001 increased membership from nine members to eleven members.

Meetings:

Quarterly, 2:30 p.m., and as called by Chairman.
County Center, 2nd Floor
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

Contact:

Ronald Barton, Assistant County Administrator for Economic Prosperity
Economic Development
County Center, 20th floor
601 E Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: (813) 276-2737

TDC Guidebook  Long-Range Strategic Plan for Tourism

Members:

Member Position / Appointed By Dates of Service
Mr. Jeffrey D. Antonaccio
Hotel/Motel Representative / BOCC
01/23/2014-
12/31/2017
Mr. James Bartholomay Hotel/Motel Representative /
BOCC
01/22/2009-
12/31/2018*
Mayor Bob Buckhorn Elected Official -
City of Tampa
-
Council Member Frank Chillura Elected Official -
City of Temple Terrace
12/06/2016-
12/06/2020
Mr. Joe Collier Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 01/19/2005-
12/31/2017*
Mr. Richard Gonzmart Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 01/06/1993-
12/31/2020*
Commissioner Nate Kilton Elected Official -
City of Plant City
-
Mr. Robert Morrison, Jr.
Hotel/Motel Representative / BOCC
01/23/1991-
12/31/2017*
Commissioner Sandra Murman Elected Official -
BOCC
11/16/2017-
11/20/2018
Mr. Lou Plasencia Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 06/20/2001-
12/31/2020*
Mr. Michael Worrall  Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC  05/17/2017-
12/31/2018 
*Reappointed