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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.

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, 3:00 PM, and as called by Chairman.
County Center, 2nd Floor
601 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

MEMBERS:
Member Position / Appointed By Dates of Service
Mr. Jeffrey D. Antonaccio
Hotel/Motel Representative / BOCC
1/23/2014-
12/31/2017
Mr. James Bartholomay Hotel/Motel Representative /
BOCC
1/22/2009-
12/31/2018*
Mayor Bob Buckhorn Elected Official -
City of Tampa
-
Mayor Frank Chillura Elected Official -
City of Temple Terrace
-
Mr. Joe Collier Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 1/19/2005-
12/31/2017*
Mr. James Dean Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 1/09/2013-
12/31/2018*
Mr. Richard Gonzmart Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 1/06/1993-
12/31/2016*
Mr. Robert Morrison, Jr.
Hotel/Motel Representative / BOCC
1/23/1991-
12/31/2017*
Commissioner Sandra Murman Elected Official -
Board of County Commissioners
11/18/2014-
11/10/2015
Mr. Lou Plasencia Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC 6/20/2001-
12/31/2016*
Commissioner Mike Sparkman Elected Official -
City of Plant City
-

*Reappointed

Contact Information
Marilyn Hett
Manager

Economic Development
County Center, 20th floor
601 E Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

P: 813-272-6210