Mayor Kiker Brings the Beach to Tallahassee
Last Wednesday, Mayor Larry Kiker accompanied Fort Myers Mayor Randall Henderson, Town Attorney Jim Humphrey and Helen Gorman, Grant Writer for the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, on a trip to Tallahassee to meet with the Southwest Florida delegation of senators to speak on two primary issues specific to the needs of Fort Myers Beach: funding for the completion of the Mound House and fairer
representation on the Tourist Development Council (TDC). The group spent all day meeting with Senators Garrett Richter and Lizbeth Benacquisto and Representatives Matt Caldwell and Gary Aubuchon, and saw results from their efforts on both issues.
Tourist Development CouncilThe TDC was formed in 1982, when residents of Lee County voted by referendum to form a tourism organization that would promote Lee County's off-season vacation assets in the United States and abroad. A two-percent tax on short-term accommodations was approved to support the new Lee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and its promotions. In 1988 an additional one percent tourist tax was levied to a total of three percent to support the Beach & Shoreline Capital Improvement Program, and in 2005 one more percent was added bringing what's commonly known as the 'bed tax' to five percent.