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ENTICING MORE TOURISTS The Biltmore Estate is the primary tourist attraction in the city of Asheville, NC. Photo from Wikimedia Commons THE COUNTY COMMISSION AGREES TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON A NEW PROGRAM DESIGNED TO INCREASE VISITORS' OVERNIGHT STAYS IN SARASOTA COUNTY By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor The majority of the Sarasota County commissioners voiced approval this week for designating a revenue stream to fund capital projects and new destination events to bring even more visitors to the area. revenue allocations, Commissioner Christine Robinson expressed concerns that more established organizations with experienced executive directors would have greater success snaring the funding — just as she says they This process is remarkably similar do each year when the Although she joined to the arts grants funds, and I'm county divvies up its her colleagues in concerned about putting a similar process arts and cultural Grant unanimously agreeing in place when we don't quite have it right Awards. to advertise a public with [those] yet. The public hearing has hearing on amending been set for the afterthe county ordinance Christine Robinson Commissioner governing Tourist Denoon of Sept. 25 at the Sarasota County velopment Tax (TDT) Sarasota County Ad-

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