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Franklin County Tourist Development Council

Mission Statement
To promote Franklin County, Florida as a tourist destination through our natural, historical, and cultural resources with the goal of increasing the number of short-term rental bookings.

Council Members
Ricky Jones - Chair, Franklin County Board of County Commission
Mayor Brenda Ash, City of Apalachicola
Mayor Brenda LaPaz, City of Carrabelle
William "Buck" Bolden, Collector of Tourist Tax
Janalyn Dowden, Collector of Tourist Tax
Kathy Robinson, Collector of Tourist Tax
Rex Pennycuff, Tourist-Related At Large
Beverly Hewitt, Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
Lewis Christie, Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce

Administrative Staff
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
John Solomon, TDC Director
Deb Davis, Finance Assistant
Jean Lane, Information Specialist

Address/Phone Numbers
731 Highway 98, Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-3474
(866) 914-2068

Meetings
Franklin County Tourist Development Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, beginning at 2:00 PM ET at 731 Highway 98 in Eastpoint.

PUBLIC NOTICE
The TDC meeting scheduled for November 9th will begin at 2:00 PM
at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex (34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola).

Tourist Development Tax Increase Effective July 1, 2021
Effective July 1, 2021, the tourist development tax rate on transient rental transactions occurring within Franklin County increases from 2% to 3%. The combined tax rate for Franklin County transient rentals will be 10%, composed of the 6% state sales tax, the 3% tourist development tax, and the 1% small county surtax. The Franklin County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2021-06 increasing the tourist development tax. Download the TIP notice from Florida Department of Revenue.

Frequently Asked Questions
View the most frequently asked questions and answers about Franklin County bed tax collections, uses and administration.

Request for Proposals
Active RFPs will be listed on this page. Unsolicited proposals may be submitted at any time. They must be submitted by email to FCTDCdirector@floridasforgottencoast.com. Unsolicited proposals will be distributed to TDC members for review. Persons or companies submitting proposals may be contacted for additional information. Unsolicited proposals will be scheduled for consideration by the TDC Board at the call of the Chairman or at the request of two TDC Board members. Time is scheduled on the regular TDC agenda for public discussion and input. Unsolicited proposals may or may not be scheduled for consideration by the TDC Board. Unsolicited proposals presented during the public discussion period will still require email submittal and will not be considered for a vote during public discussion.

New Business/Requests for Funding
All new business and requests for funding must be submitted in writing, no less than 7 days advance of the regularly scheduled Franklin County TDC board meeting. All requests are subject to availability. Use the form below to submit your request or email to FCTDCdirector@floridasforgottencoast.com.