JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Governor Scott is in town Wednesday night meeting with local business owners in Orange Park to talk about tourism and how a bill going to the House next week could jeopardize our tourism industry.
Governor Scott says tourism is the backbone of Florida and is the main reason Floridians don’t have a state income tax. He says tourism takes care of 25 % of our sales tax. Last year, we had record breaking numbers, which helped cities like St. Augustine get back on their feet after Hurricane Matthew.
But now, the state’s main marketing agency, Visit Florida, is at risk of losing most of its funding. The state’s biggest economic developer Enterprise Florida could be eliminated if the bill passes.
The governor met with small business owners in Orange Park because their jobs rely on tourism dollars.
While there is not a companion bill in the senate right now, Governor Scott says he’s seen before a House bill move to the Senate in a similar situation, so he encourages the public to go to the hearing on Monday afternoon in Tallahassee.