URGENT ACTION TO SAVE VISIT FLORIDA
The funding for Visit Florida is scheduled to “sunset” – expire – on October 1, 2019. Senate Bill 178, and the companion House Bill 6031, would reauthorize VISIT FLORIDA. The Senate Supports VISIT FLORIDA. The House of Representatives isn’t showing support and we are asking for your help.
Tourism is the number one economic driver for Clearwater and the state of Florida as a whole.
In 2016, out-of-state visitors were responsible for spending nearly $112 Billion, traveled from 67 countries and saved every Florida household $1549/year. Every 78 visitors create 1 Florida job and every dollar invested in Visit Florida yields a $2.15 return on investment.
VISIT FLORIDA is essential to maintain Florida’s number 1 industry, create job and keep taxes low for residents.
Take Action from Anywhere:
Call and/or email key members of the Florida House of Representatives and urge them to support VISIT FLORIDA
1.) Call a legislator at the phone numbers below
2.) Read script below once phone is answered. Leave a message if it goes to voicemail:
I am Calling to urge (Insert a representative's name) to take action to save VISIT FLORIDA. If no action is taken by Friday, VISIT FLORIDA will sunset October 1, 2019.
Please put HB 6031 on the agenda for Friday's Workforce Development & Tourism Subcommittee and support a reauthorization with $76 million in funding.
VISIT FLORIDA is essential to maintain Florida's number one industry, create jobs, keep taxes low for residents and has an ROI of $2.15 for every $1 it spends.
Thank you for your consideration."
3.) Representatives to call:
Senate Commerce & Tourism
Joe Gruters, Chair
Victor M. Torres, Vice-Chair
Tom A. Wright
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee / Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development
Travis Hutson, Chair
Perry E. Thurston, Vice-Chair
Victor M. Torres
House Commerce Committee
Mike La Rosa, Chair
Jason Fischer, Vice-Chair
Evan Jenne, Democatic Ranking Member
Jennifer Webb, Pinellas County Legislative Delegation
House Workforce Development & Tourism Committee
Rene "Coach P" Plasencia, Chair
Jayer Williamson, Vice-Chair
Kamia L. Brown, Democratic Ranking Member
House Transportation & Tourism Appropriation Subcommittee
Jay Trumbull, Chair
Brad Drake, Vice-Chair
Barbara Watson, Democratic Ranking Member
Call: 727.461.0011 ext. 222