Tourist Development Council

Mission: The Gulf County Tourist Development Council (GCTDC) is a responsible partner-based industry organization that takes a leadership role in addressing issues that affect tourism and the quality of life in Gulf County. The GCTDC will strive to grow in a balanced and sustainable manner while effectively executing marketing activities that will strengthen the position of Gulf County in the tourism marketplace. To further strengthen this position, the GCTDC will proactively manage and maintain the quality of Gulf County beaches and waterways as the primary attraction and work together to unify the master- and sub-brands with clear, concise messaging to broaden the awareness of Gulf County, Florida and ultimately increase tourism.

Tourist Development Tax: The GCTDC is funded from a 5% Tourist Development Tax generated from overnight stays on all transient rentals of 6 months or less. This is a visitor paid tax.

Structure: There is a lot to the GCTDC, and there are many different jobs that they are responsible for. Some of the main components are:

● Tourism Marketing
● Event Marketing
● Operations of the Welcome Center
● Parks and Recreation
● Beach Restoration & Preservation
● Destination Management
● Film Commission
● Tourism Industry Partner Programs
● Administration & Operations

Parks and Recreation: The Parks and Recreation crew operates year round, and during the busy season they run 6 days per week maintaining two dozen parks, nearly 20 boat launches, 20 public beach access points, and 30 miles of beaches in addition to cleaning and maintaining more than 40 restrooms.

In 2023, the crew removed over 340 tons of trash and debris from parks, beaches and public access points within Gulf County.

Parks and Beach Projects


● Cape Palms Park Landscape Improvements
● Honeyville Park Improvements
● Frank Pate Park Pickleball Courts
● TL James Park Pickleball Courts
● Erosion Control Structures


● RV Sites & Stocking Pond at Dead Lakes Park
● NFWF and FEMA Berm Projects
● Pavilion & Floating Docks at Odena
● Beach Raking Projects
● Pickleball Courts & Shade Structure at Salinas Park
● Concrete Boat Ramp at Lower Landing
● Beacon Hill Dog Park Expansion
● Docks at White City Boat Ramp
● Mobility Mat Installations

Other TDC Funded Initiatives

Tourism dollars help fund:

● New Year’s Eve and July 4th Fireworks for the City of Wewahitchka and the City of Port St. Joe each year.
● Flags at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill.

Annual Economic Impact Report

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Q: Who pays Tourist Development Tax?
A: Those staying overnight in hotels, vacation rentals and other lodging establishments pay the Tourist Development Tax.

Q: What is Tourist Development Tax revenue used for?

A: Revenue from the Tourist Development Tax can relieve citizens from shouldering the entire tax burden and may be used to improve parks, facilities & waterways as well as fund public safety, tourism marketing and more.

Q: Is the Tourist Development Tax unique to Gulf County?
A: 62 of Florida’s 67 counties collect tax from overnight stay guests.

Q: I live in North Gulf County. How does the Tourist Development Tax benefit me?
A: The Tourist Development Tax is not only beneficial to Gulf County’s beach communities, but also benefits the Wewahitchka area and all of North Gulf County in many ways, such as by helping to fund public facilities & waterways maintenance and improvements projects, parks maintenance and improvements and more.

Contact Information:

Gulf County Welcome Center
(850) 229-7800
(800) 482-GULF

Silvia Williams

150 Captain Fred's Place
Port St. Joe, FL 32456