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Contact: Glenn Hastings, (904) 209-4440


             TDC Accepting Funding Applications for Special Events
                           and Cultural Programming
                   Application deadline is Friday, May 14, 2010


St. Augustine, FL – (May 3, 2010) – The St. Johns County Tourist Development
Council is now accepting funding applications to assist not-for-profit groups in staging
special events or cultural programming aimed at attracting visitors to St. Johns
County. The available funding comes from a four-percent bed tax collected by the
County on short-term accommodations such as hotel, campground or
condominium rentals. The application deadline is Friday, May 14, 2010.

Florida Statute Chapter 125.0104 allows for the use of these funds – paid by overnight
visitors – for specials events and cultural programming as a means of marketing the
destination to tourists.

Since the Tourist Development program was initiated in 1989, more than $6 million in
tourist development tax funds have been awarded to not-for-profit groups in St. Johns
County. Last year, over $350,000 was provided from the program to support more than
35 local special events and programs.

For organizations which have benefitted from this funding over the past few years, the
application and guidelines for funding remain virtually unchanged from the previous five
years.

The guidelines and application can be found on the St. Johns County website at this
link: http://www.sjcfl.us/tdc/programs.aspx under “Category 2 Application.” The
deadline for submitting applications is 4:00 PM, Friday, May 14, 2010.

For more information or assistance with the application, please contact Dena Masters,
TDC Office Manager, at 209-4440.

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