Articles in Category: 'Visit Florida'

By: Nancy Smith | Posted: March 10, 2013 1:11 AM

Tip for all you House reps: On Tuesday when you repeal last year's half-baked CS/CS/HB 1223, dumbest Florida law in decades -- dumber even than our constitutional protection of pregnant pigs -- invite the international media in to see you do it. 

 
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By: Michael Peltier News Service of Florida | Posted: December 23, 2010 7:11 AM

Despite a sluggish economy and a potential $3 billion-plus budget gap, Florida should more than double the state’s tourism marketing budget under a proposal sent to Gov.-elect Rick Scott Wednesday by his transition team.

 
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By: Lane Wright | Posted: December 15, 2010 4:05 AM
 

Rick Scott is giving every state legislator in Florida the chance to weigh in on his or her 2011 priorities. And while he's getting plenty of thoughts on the top issues and how to approach them, he's getting almost nothing when he asks how they plan to pay for it.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: June 10, 2010 12:40 AM

As if Northwest Florida coastal towns don't have enough problems, they were told earlier this week that the world's largest auto club issued a travel advisory urging its 50 million members to stay away from their beaches because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

But a spokeswoman for the association insisted Wednesday there was no such travel advisory.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: June 4, 2010 12:44 PM
 
As tar balls washed up on a Florida beach for the first time, Panhandle and state tourism officials began grappling with how to escape a disastrous summer season for the local economy. Angst was most acute in Pensacola Beach, where the mostly-pellet-size oil globs began to appear early Friday.
 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: May 12, 2010 12:04 AM

Businesses worried that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico could cause them to lose customers and revenue have a new shoulder to lean on.

The Gulf Oil Spill Recovery Task Force was created Tuesday to assist and advise industries that could be impacted by the spill, which has been threatening Florida since late April. And Florida's tourism and hospitality industry sees it an asset that will help it market itself.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: May 13, 2010 12:06 AM
 

The tourism industry says it needs more than $34.7 million from the state right now to prove Florida beaches are unsullied by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 
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By: Alex Tiegen | Posted: July 2, 2010 5:05 AM
 

A survey published Thursday by the American Automobile Association revealed that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has triggered a rise in the number of travelers who have canceled or otherwise changed their plans to visit Florida's Gulf Coast.

 
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By: John Kennedy News Service of Florida | Posted: May 18, 2010 12:14 AM
British Petroleum agreed Monday to give Florida another $25 million to pay for an advertising campaign promising that the state’s beaches remain open and fishing is going strong even as the company struggles to stanch a massive oil spill off Louisiana’s Gulf coast.

The cash comes on top of $25 million the company has already pledged to help offset the state’s costs in preparing coastal regions for a possible landfall of the oil, which continues to mass roughly 350 miles from the St. Petersburg shoreline.
 
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