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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 p.m., 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 -
12/31/2014* 
Mayor Bob Buckhorn  Elected Official -
City of Tampa 
 -
Mayor Frank Chillura  Elected Official -
City of Temple Terrace 
Mr. Joe Collier  Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC   1/19/05 - 
12/31/17* 
Mr. James Dean  Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC   1/09/2013 -
12/31/2014
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*
Mr. Lou Plasencia  Tourist Industry Representative / BOCC   6/20/2001 -
12/31/2016* 
Commissioner Mark Sharpe
Elected Official -
Board of County Commissioners
11/14/2013 -
11/18/2014
Commissioner Mike Sparkman Elected Official -
City of Plant City  
 -
  
*Reappointed  

Contact Information
Marilyn Hett
Manager

Economic Development
County Center, 13th floor
601 E Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602

P: 813-272-6210