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Tourism Advisory Committee Information

In an effort to increase community involvement, the following volunteer advisory committees were established. These committees will assist with tourist development and creative initiatives. Committee member terms are two years contingent on good standing. 

Destination Improvements Committee

The Destination Improvements Advisory Committee will support efforts and provide feedback in the areas of capital improvement projects, visitor center renovation, South Walton signage, public parks and paths. The goal of the committee is to ensure that South Walton beaches and beach-associated amenities meet a uniform, high-quality standard. The committee will also provide input in selecting beach improvement projects. 

Meeting Place: South Walton Courthouse Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 32459 
Meeting Time: 1 p.m.
2023 Meeting Dates: 
April 6
June 1
August 3
October 5
December 7
Committee Liaison: Brian Kellenberger

2023 Members: 
Robert Farmer
Courtney Malone
Leigh Moore
Sammy Sanchez
Phillip Sharpe
Tim Taylor
Lacie Wagner

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Advisory Committee will provide expertise and feedback to assist marketing and communications strategies and implementation. The goal of the committee is to ensure that all efforts support the local tourism economy and strengthen the South Walton brand.

Meeting Place: South Walton Courthouse Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. 32459
Meeting Dates: May 3
Meeting Time: 9 a.m.
Committee Liaison:  Kelli Carter

2023 Members: 
Sarah Hanley
Reynolds Henderson
Tracy Louthain (Vice-Chair)
Stephanie McCracken
Robert Nelson
Kevin Rosa (Chair)
Dan Tinghitella
Michael Whalen 

TDC Advisory Committee Member's Code of Conduct

  1. Although a committee member may be drawn from a specific interest group, Committee members must represent the interests of the entire area of Walton County and tourism community as a whole.
  2. Committee Members shall not take any action that would undermine the actions of the TDC if such action has been approved by the TDC Committee and the Walton County BCC. Regardless of their personal viewpoint, committee members shall not speak against, or in any way undermine TDC solidarity once a vote has been made.
  3. Committee members are expected to attend all committee meetings and make every effort to attend the Annual Meeting.
  4. Committee members shall avoid, in fact and in perception, conflicts of interest and disclose to the committee staff liaison or the Tourism Director, in a timely manner, any possible conflicts.
  5. Committee members’ contributions to discussions and decision-making shall be positive and constructive.
  6. Committee members' interactions in meetings shall be courteous, respectful and free of animosity.
  7. Committee members shall be prepared for meetings, having read pre-circulated material in advance of the meeting.
  8. Committee members shall not attempt to exercise individual authority or undue influence over other Committee Members or staff.
  9. Committee members must notify the executive director or their staff liaison once they have filed their intent to run for any political office.
  10. Committee members shall conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner at all times, and shall be governed by Florida's Code of Ethics.
  11. At all times, members of the committees shall be current in the payment of any and all tourist development tax assessments (“bed taxes”). This requirement shall apply to members both individually, and to any entity of which the member is a part of or conducts business with.                   

Noncompliance with any of the above provisions shall constitute grounds for removal from a committee. 

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