A Bill proposed by Senator Linda Stewart received a unanimously favorable vote on Monday that would see Tourist Development Taxes used in a new way.

“TDT is often used primarily for the promotion and advertisement of tourism to Florida. I wanted to give local Tourist Development Councils the option to use these dollars to promote film production here in the State. This would not be a new tax, but a tool that local communities could use to promote tourism though the big screen,”  – Senator Linda Stewart

Dollars raised via the Tourist Tax are designated for the sole use of capital construction of tourist-related facilities, tourism promotion, and beach or shoreline maintenance. Bill, SB 334, would allow funds to be used to incentivize film production under the premise that the more movies and television programs that are filmed here, the more likely people are to visit.

The Bill will now move to the Senate Committee on Community Affairs for its next step.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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