Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tourism

Tourism continues to rise

PALMETTO – For the seventh straight year, tourism is up on Anna Maria Island and the rest of Manatee County, according to the Bradenton...
Tourism safety

Resident calls on tourism officials to address safety

HOLMES BEACH – Resident Nancy Deal challenged tourism officials on Monday to address pedestrian deaths and other safety issues created by thriving tourism on...

Tourist tax collections 2018

MANATEE COUNTY - The local 5 percent tourist tax is collected from owners of accommodations rented for six months or less who charge the...
Side yard trash pickup

New rental regulations in effect

BRADENTON BEACH – City staff is now implementing, enforcing and working out the kinks in the city’s new vacation rental regulations and registration program...
Sen. Greg Steube

Vacation rental bills fail again

TALLAHASSEE – For the second year in a row, Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) and Rep. Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) failed in their efforts...
Chip Case

Vacation rental bills in peril

TALLAHASSEE – Behind the scenes maneuvering by lobbyist Chip Case, Anna Maria City Attorney Becky Vose and her son, attorney Wade Vose, may have...
Senate Vacation Rental Bill

Vacation rental bill favored by second Senate committee

Watch the meeting here at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. TALLAHASSEE – The vacation rental legislation now known as CS/SB 1400 has been further amended...

Tourism board meets Vacasa

Updated Feb. 13, 2018 BRADENTON – A local vacation rental agent told the Manatee County Tourist Development Council (TDC) today that his company has gone...
Vacation Rental bills

Compromise sought on competing rental bills

TALLAHASSEE – An amended version of a vacation rental bill filed by Sen. Greg Steube (R-Sarasota) passed through its first Senate committee minus the...

Mobile-friendly website to assist tourists

The local tourism website will relaunch in November with a version that is completely mobile-friendly, Elliott Falcione, director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors...
Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival

$11.6M tourism budget proposed

The Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) proposes spending $11,675,206 to market Manatee County to tourists during 2018/2019. The county’s Tourist Development Council unanimously...
Rep. Jim Boyd

Florida House passes rental bill

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida House has adopted HB 425 by a 63-56 vote. The vacation rental bill championed by Mike La Rosa (R-St. Cloud) seeks...

January tourist tax collections down

Tourist tax collections were down in all three Anna Maria Island cities in January compared to January 2016. Municipality            ...