Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pinellas tourism officials move to contribute up to $600,000 for RNC party

Pinellas County tourism officials want to pitch in up to $600,000 to welcome Republican National Convention delegates and the media with a party at Tropicana Field in August.

The unanimous decision made Wednesday by the Tourist Development Council, the oversight board for the Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, came in response to a request from the Tampa Bay Host Committee. The mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan committee is to promote the area.

The money will come from bed tax reserves and must be approved by the Pinellas County Commission.

Commissioner Ken Welch says he's "generally supportive" of the idea.

"But the amount is a bit more than I expected,'' he said. "At the end of the day, this is an economic issue and it's about promoting the destination, which is St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa."

Pinellas County's contribution will help to produce the convention kickoff party at Tropicana. It will feature themed sections promoting Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater, said David Downing, deputy director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater. Up to 15,000 journalists and 5,600 delegates are expected to attend the Aug. 26 event, which will showcase local attractions, food and entertainment.

Last week the Hillsborough County Commission voted to spend $1 million in tourist development tax dollars to promote the area during the convention. The commission allocated $400,000 of that sum to the St. Petersburg party.

"We've worked very closely with our counterparts in Tampa to bring the convention here,'' Downing said. "We're looking forward to showing off the Tampa Bay area.''

Waveney Ann Moore can be reached at wmoore@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2283.

Donations coming in

The host committee looks to all kinds of donors to raise $55 million for the convention. Story, 6B

Pinellas tourism officials move to contribute up to $600,000 for RNC party 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:21pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs' Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson kneel during national anthem

    Bucs

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings, two days after President Donald Trump made critical remarks about NFL …

    Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson both kneeled during the national anthem in protest before Sunday's game at the Vikings. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Authorities ID man killed in Clearwater Beach boating crash; Girl, 4, still in critical condition

    Briefs

    An Altamonte Springs man died and a 4-year-old girl remains in critical condition Sunday morning after their personal watercraft collided with a boat in the Intracoastal Waterway near Clearwater Beach just before 5 p.m.

  3. 'If anyone can hear us … help.' Puerto Rico's mayors describe 'horror in the streets'

    World

    SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - In the northern Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja, the floodwaters reached more than 10 feet. Stranded residents screamed "save me, save me," using the lights in their cellphones to help rescue teams find them in the darkness, the town's mayor said.

  4. My AP Top 25 ballot: FSU out, USF, Florida Gators back in

    Blogs

    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team, as I wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times. Maybe he's right.

  5. Forecast: Scattered thunderstorms in Tampa Bay; Maria could affect Carolinas

    Weather

    Scattered thunderstorms will threaten the Tampa Bay area Sunday, but most of the area will see sunshine.

    Scattered thunderstorms threaten Tampa Bay on Sunday. [Courtesy 10News WTSP]