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PALM COAST, FL – February 7, 2017 – Call to action. Both the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce and Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway have alerted their members of an important issue to our area.
The Florida House Careers & Competition Subcommittee will meet tomorrow at 1PM to consider legislation that may completely eliminate Florida's economic development and tourism agencies. Sponsored by Rep. Paul Renner, PCB CCS 17-01 will eliminate Enterprise Florida and VISIT Florida, as well as many programs and organizations that have helped make Florida job growth and economic diversification leader.
This legislation sends a signal that Florida's state government is no longer an active partner in job creation, diversifying our economy, or supporting our important tourism sector. Additionally, the bill may:
* End economic diversification and tourism marketing efforts locally and throughout Florida,
* Raise taxes,
* Hurt jobs, and
* Make Flagler County and Florida less competitive (Learn more)
Help save Florida's economic development and tourism efforts. Add your name to a list of Flagler County businesses/residents opposing this bill.
Questions? Contact Helga Van Eckert at 386-313-4071, Matt Dunn at 386-313-4225 or Gretchen Smith at 386-206-0953.
Contact State Representative Paul Renner: Paul.Renner@myfloridahouse.gov or 850.717.5024
Your help is needed to let legislators know how important Visit Florida is to our economy! As folks whose businesses and families depend on the tourism and service industries here locally, Visit Florida plays a vital role providing outreach and information to visitors, showcasing the many wonderful attributes our local communities have to offer in addition to providing grant funding opportunities to assist organizations.
Please see the following information provided by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association. Contact information for members of the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee is provided below.
Please feel free to email your support for Visit Florida to the Subcommittee members if you cannot attend the meeting!
Your support is greatly appreciated!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING VISIT FLORIDA
BILL FILED TO ELIMINATE VISIT FLORIDA
HOUSE CAREERS AND COMPETITION SUBCOMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH 1:00 -3:00PM
ROOM 212 KNOTT BUILDING
The House Careers and Competition Subcommittee will hear a bill that will eliminate VISIT FLORIDA on February 8, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 pm in the Knott Building, Room 212.
Shortly after Governor Rick Scott released his budget asking for $76 million to continue to support VISIT FLORIDA, the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee filed CCS1 - Economic Programs, essentially killing VISIT FLORIDA.
Once again, your commitment is needed to attend this critical meeting to show your support of VISIT FLORIDA. If you plan to attend, please notify Richard Turner firstname.lastname@example.org or Jason Reynolds email@example.com.
If you are unable to attend the committee hearing on February 8th, we encourage you to contact the House Careers and Competition Subcommittee, by letter, email, and phone.
Name E-mail Phone
Representative Halsey Beshears (Chair) Halsey.Beshears@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5007
Representative Jay Trumbull (Vice Chair) Jay.Trumbull@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5006
Representative Loranne Ausley (Minority Ranking Member) firstname.lastname@example.org 850.717.5009
Representative Larry Ahern email@example.com 850.717.5066
Representative Ramon Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org 850.717.5008
Representative Randy Fine Randy.Fine@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5053
Representative Julio Gonzales Julio.Gonzalez@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5074
Representative Joe Gruters Joe.Gruters@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5073
Representative Roy Hardemon Roy.Hardemon@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5108
Representative Shawn Harrison email@example.com 850.717.5063
Representative Al Jacquet Al.Jacquet@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5088
Representative Mike Larosa Mike.LaRosa@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5042
Representative Alexandra "Alex" Miller Alex.Miller@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5072
Representative Paul Renner Paul.Renner@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5024
Representative David Silvers David.Silvers@myfloridahouse.gov 850.717.5087