TDC Director Dawn Moliterno resigns (LETTER)

Dawn Moliterno

Dawn Moliterno

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM.

At the BCC meeting last night at the South Walton Courthouse Annex, Tourist Development Council Director Dawn Moliterno gave a 90-day notice of resignation.

Moliterno replied to an email from The Sun with "(I) had a great New Year and looking forward to making up for lost time with my family."

Below is the full content of the letter she read to the commissioners, as well as constituents gathered, at the meeting last night.  


Mr. Chairman, Commissioners, and Mr. Clerk,

Nearly 3 years ago this April I was approached by the County to become the Executive Director of our South Walton TDC. At that time this Board specifically cited the need for my leadership in stabilizing slumping bed tax revenues; completing the work that was in progress with Southwest Airlines and the new International Airport; developing standard operating procedures and guidelines for the TDC, specifically regarding financial and statutory compliance; and, of course, to lead an eager team. Little did we know just days after my hiring, a devastating oil spill would occur that greatly impacted our county.

Today, I can honestly say that I, with the help of a great team, have accomplished all that you asked me to do at the TDC, and much more. One of my weaknesses is that I do not enjoy, and am not very good at, talking about myself or my successes. But today it is necessary. My team at the TDC has exceeded everyone's expectations. We can all agree that the success of Southwest Airlines, and the addition of the new international airport, are critical to South Walton. I am honored and privileged to have been part of a team that worked on behalf of this region to see this critical issue through completion and the lasting impact it will have for years to come. Southwest is thriving, and not only didn't they need the St. Joe guarantee, they have continued to add flights to areas needed, such as Houston, and the seasonal St. Louis route. Serving on the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Board I have seen first-hand how the airport will serve as a gateway for tourists, residents, and economic development and is on a road for continued success.

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