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:

"Hello,
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

District
Capitol
Joe Gruters, Chair
941-378-6309
850-487-5023
Victor M. Torres, Vice-Chair
407-846-5187
850-487-5015
Travis Hutson
386-446-7610
850-487-5007
Linda Stewart
407-893-2422
850-487-5013
Tom A. Wright
386-304-7630
850-487-5014

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee / Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development

District
Capitol
Travis Hutson, Chair
386-446-7610
850-487-5007
Perry E. Thurston, Vice-Chair
954-321-2705
850-487-5033
Jeff Brandes
727-563-2100
850-487-5024
Tom Lee
813-653-7061
850-487-5020
Keith Perry
352-264-4040
850-487-5008
Wilton Simpson
352-688-5077
850-487-5010
Annette Taddeo
305-596-3003
850-487-5040
Victor M. Torres
407-846-5187
850-487-5015

House Commerce Committee

District
Capitol
Mike La Rosa, Chair
407-891-2555
850-717-5042
Jason Fischer, Vice-Chair
904-359-2653
850-717-5016
Evan Jenne, Democatic Ranking Member
954-893-5000
850-717-5099
Jennifer Webb, Pinellas County Legislative Delegation
727-341-7385
850-717-5069

House Workforce Development & Tourism Committee

District
Capitol
Rene "Coach P" Plasencia, Chair
321-383-5151
850-717-5050
Jayer Williamson, Vice-Chair
850-995-3698
850-717-5003
Kamia L. Brown, Democratic Ranking Member
850-297-2001
850-717-5045

House Transportation & Tourism Appropriation Subcommittee

District
Capitol
Jay Trumbull, Chair
850-914-6300
850-717-5006
Brad Drake, Vice-Chair
850-951-0547
850-717-5005
Barbara Watson, Democratic Ranking Member
305-654-7100
850-717-5107


Questions?

Call: 727.461.0011 ext. 222