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Two Years In, Tourism Director Georgia Turner Is Leaving Flagler For Native Alabama

| December 5, 2013

Georgia Turner, the county’s radiant tourism director who oversaw Flagler’s and Palm Coast’s realignment as niche sports destinations, a steady rise in tourism-tax revenue and a first-ever working coalition of local arts groups, is leaving after just two years on the job. Personal, not political, reasons led her to the decision.

Flagler Tourism Office Rebuffs Consolidation With County, Hinting at More Autonomy Instead

| August 28, 2013

County Commissioner George Hanns and Administrator Craig Coffey had talked of absorbing the tourism office–currently a branch of the chamber of commerce–into county government. It won’t happen. Rather, Tourism Director Georgia Turner is talking of having a stand-alone tourism office in a few years.

Flagler Lands Its 1st Statewide Horseshoe Pitching Tournament at New Old Dixie Park

| April 19, 2013

The Flagler County Horseshoe Pitching Club will host a Florida-wide horseshoe tournament at the 18-pit Old Dixie Park the county built last year. The tournament is another addition to a growing list of specialty sports tournaments bringing visitors the county.

Many of Flagler’s Arts Groups Begin to Look Beyond Egos to a Cooperative Alliance

| April 16, 2013

An emerging arts alliance for Palm Coast and Flagler County would capitalize on the economic benefits of an arts scene with more coordinated projects and strategy, led by the tourism council’s conciliating voice of Georgia Turner. Obstacles remain, however.

It’s Not Just Hotels: Flagler Seeking to Collect Bed Tax From Booming Short-Term Rentals

| February 22, 2013

The Flagler’s Tourist Development Council is spearheading an effort to make sure landlords who rent homes or condominiums on a short-term basis, defined as less than six months, pay the 4 percent tourist development tax.

Flagler’s Tourism Council Would Relax Rules Governing Subsidies for Special Events

| January 30, 2013

The changes, affecting $100,000 in bed-tax dollars county government, through the tourism council, awards organizations that put on special events, would dispense with the requirement that organizations spend the money advertising their event, and would allow them to spend it on incidental expenses that may be more difficult to track.

Split Flagler Commission Approves $900,000 Tourism Budget With Glaring Increases

| September 5, 2012

The $100,000 budget increase over the current year led one commissioner to raise objections over a doubling in rent costs and a tripling in furniture costs, while another commissioner objected to the rebranding of tourism efforts to include Palm Coast on par with Flagler’s beaches.

Florida Tourism Lull Predicted, Slowing Local Growth, as Euro Zone Economies Suffer

| July 24, 2012

Economic woes in Europe will trickle across the Atlantic over the next few years as potential international guests stay home or see their native currency buy less once they arrive, a panel of economists estimates.

Turner Talk Begins at Flagler’s Tourist Development Council; Several Grants Awarded

| January 18, 2012

Georgia Turner, Flagler’s new tourism chief, had her debut before the Tourist Development Council Wednesday as the council approved grants totaling $170,000, including underwriting for two popular and growing local conferences that attract numerous out-of-towners.

An Introductory Letter from Georgia Turner, Flagler’s New Tourism Guru

| December 7, 2011

Turner was hired in November to lead the county’s tourism efforts on behalf of the Tourist Development Council. She introduces herself in her own words.

From Quiet Alabama and Unquiet Daytona, Georgia Turner Is Flagler’s New Tourism Chief

| November 5, 2011

Georgia Turner, a sharp, congenial 30-year veteran of public relations and marketing hired out of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, follows Peggy Heiser, who resigned two weeks ago from the $65,000-a-year job.

Tourism Council Approves $800,000 Budget Over Objection to Exec’s 7.7% Raise

| August 21, 2011

The publicly funded tourism council approved a 7.7 percent raise for the Flagler Chamber of Commerce’s VP for tourism and the council’s administrative head, and 6 percent raises for two staff members. The Flagler County Commission must give final approval.

Palm Coast’s Fireworks, Canceled on July 4, Are Now Leveraged Over 3 Fall Dates

| August 1, 2011

The $15,000 subsidy to Palm Coast will be split over fireworks shows on Labor Day and the two evenings of the city’s seafood festival in early November.

Scenic A1A Lands $460,000 Grant to Remake Varn Park and River-to-Sea Gateways

| May 2, 2011

The federal National Scenic Byways grant was the largest of just three such awards in Florida, and will have a $140,000 match from Flagler County.

Pay for Play: How Flagler’s Tourist Council Bribes Journalists, Who Happily Hack Along

| March 23, 2011

Beginning today, Flagler’s tourist council will host four “journalists” for four days, touring the county’s attractions and restaurants, all expenses paid, with $3,500 in public money, in exchange for presumably “positive” press.

Despite Successes, Flagler Auditorium Loses Out on at Least $15,000 in Tourism Funding

| February 21, 2011

The first $10,000 were lost when the tourism council’s logo did not appear in a TV ad. Another $10,000 are in jeopardy because of a missed deadline, though the auditorium is having a successful year, with three sold-out shows so far.

$75-an-Hour Fee Wrecks on Council Shoals As Beach Clean-Up Plan Is Rejected Again

| February 16, 2011

In a 4-3 vote, the Flagler County Tourist Development Council turned back a $15,000 request for beach clean-ups by the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historical Byway group. The group’s third try in four months is its last.

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