Bays Talks Tourist Tax at FPRA Meeting

By Bert Henderson, APR

Commissioner REbecca Bays addressing the FPRA NatureCoast chapter.Citrus County Commissioner Rebecca Bays addressed the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA), Nature Coast Chapter reviewing the work of the Tourism Council. Rebecca stated that $142 million is brought into the county every year by the marketing efforts of her four member team that focuses on bringing visitors to Citrus County. Rebecca said that she is working on co-sponsors with the attractions in Orlando to increase the economic impact to Citrus County.

She said, “We need to attract people here (to Citrus County). Our Community needs to have pride and interest in our tourism efforts and I hope everyone in Citrus County becomes a representative of our county’s great Southern Hospitality that encourages everyone who visits to want to come back and see us again.”

The FPRA Nature Coast Chapter meets the first Friday of the month at Citrus Hills Country Club in the Garden Room. The professionals in that organization are part of the prestigious organizations and businesses in Citrus County, everything from the local utility, school board, and hospitals to name a few. They have the skill level to provide for their organizations effective business communications including dealing with the press on a daily basis.

During meetings there is time allotted for networking where discussions take place among professionals providing industry tips and support for one another. That’s the time where those with less experience have an opportunity to gain knowledge from the more seasoned professionals about communications plans and how to make businesses more successful.

During the lunch portion of the meeting FPRA industry professionals from around Florida provide advanced quality educational programming for the membership. Subject matter can include: business communications and marketing, crisis communications, public relations ethics, emergency communications planning, or successful media communications.

These kinds of education programs would cost serious dollars in this economy, but are available to the membership for the price of the luncheon. Contact Katie Mehl, APR, at 352-344-6501 or email Katie at for more information.


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