TDC Director Dawn Moliterno resigns (LETTER)

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

As significant as those accomplishments are, what has occurred at our TDC is even more special... 20 consecutive months of increase in bed tax revenue, South Walton Beaches continuously being named as the best beaches by various sources, we have successfully executed all of our BP marketing grants with all dollars properly spent and accounted for, we have created numerous standard operating procedures, and maintained compliance with state statutes and county ordinances, we have been audited as part of the County and by BP for our grants, and no financial violations were found, we created a detailed monthly report, we produce an annual report, an annual written strategic plan with written quarterly updates, all posted on our public partner site.

We are measured not only on bed tax collection but on many other metrics such as online interactive analytics, fulfillment with visitor interactions through sales, meetings, and visitor services, and brand execution across all mediums. I could go on for some time but I hope this gives a high level picture of the many accomplishments you set out for us to achieve and we exceeded them.

So one might ask why all the negative public comments that recently seem to follow the TDC?

In many cases we forget there is a constant movement of information and people in and out of the market. So although some projects1comrnunication can be old news to us to someone else they are just hearing about it for the first time. This is truly an area we can improve on at the TDC. We must remember that we are always talking to someone for the first time even if we have communicated it many times over multiple mediums. But, unfortunately most of what you saw play out was political rhetoric, hidden agendas, and just plain old political divisiveness. I have watched the discussion about the TDC and transparency come up when in fact the TDC is more transparent today than in its history. There is nothing we haven't shared or made public, many I mentioned earlier.

This team won over 13 national, regional, an local awards for their efforts and no one even noted it. I believe in freedom of speech and the right to criticize and have opinions but I have remained quite far too long about the cruel untruthful lies and accusations that have been splattered across the blogs about me and my family. The nameless cowards that write humble false things NOT about my professional record or facts, just pure hateful gossip. I taught my kids to stand up to bullies and I am doing just that... I will no longer allow the defamation of character to continue.

To the cowards, look at my parents, kids, and family here today, they are real people and they represent the families behind all county employees and constitutional officers that get subjected to this unacceptable behavior because their loved one works in government. Just because we work for the county does not mean we are incompetent, stupid, or do the terrible things one states on a blog. Clearly we are all responsible for own actions not everyone around us. I have had every email, phone record, and document you can possibly pull other than a body part as a public record and none of them have resulted in any wrong doing, discrepancy, or misappropriations. I am not responsible for anyone else but myself.

For all of the successes of the TDC, it still appears to be a lightning rod for criticism. Criticism is not a bad thing, however, and can be used to improve the jobs each of us perform. But, when the criticism is merely political rhetoric, it is not the least bit constructive. I am not looking for praise because everything I have mentioned is the job of myself and my team. But when the TDC is constantly questioned, without reason, and for purely political purposes, I must at least remind everyone of the positives that have been accomplished. To be blunt, I and the team at the TDC have done everything directed, asked and expected of us by this board.

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