TDC looks at parking, branding, marketing

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM.

Residents feel there is a need for improving trash collection on the beach, and to increase off-season event support.

There was also talk of improving the roadways and medians, and the need to increase beach safety. But, Bagby pointed out that most of the county's beaches are private and public funds cannot be used to supply lifeguards for private beaches at resorts.

Under represented in the survey were artists, said Bagby, with only 29.5 percent of respondents voicing support for a multi-purpose public museum/art gallery for shows or events.  

One thing that was surprising, he said, was the support to keep the 1/2 cent tax and repurpose it for capitol improvements. Sixty-one percent were for keeping it.

"Our bed tax is only 4.5 percent," he said, "which is less than our neighbors to the east and west, but it did surprise me that people were in favor of keeping it."

Whether the half cent is kept and repurposed or not will go to the county commission, said Bagby.

Currently, strategic plans and budgets are being worked on with discussions of where to focus.

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