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Tourist council passes over Busch Gardens exec

Hillsborough County commissioners passed over the leader of one of the region's top tourist attractions in making an appointment last week to the county's Tourist Development Council. They opted instead for a guy known as Alligator Bob. Commissioners were looking to fill a seat that for several years has traditionally gone to the head of Busch Gardens. Donny Mills, who took over as executive vice president and general manager of Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island in December, had applied. Instead, commissioners voted 6-1 in favor of Bob Young of Plant City, a longtime member of the county's Republican Executive Committee who leads eco tours and sells "alligator meat products," such as jerky. Commissioner Jim Norman, the lone vote in favor of Mills, described Busch Gardens as one of the leading drivers of county tourist tax collections. "We just kicked their head guy to the curb," Norman said. "I'm embarrassed by it."

Tourist council passes over Busch Gardens exec 04/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, April 7, 2008 3:11pm]
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