POLITICS IN ST JOHNS

TDC hears final funding panel recommendations

August 29, 2012 | By More

During tomorrow’s meeting of the St Johns County Tourist Development Council, among other business items on the agenda, members will review and approve recommendations from the St Johns County Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding Panel for distribution of $500,000 in bed-tax money for marketing twenty-two local events.

During public comments, Historic City News has been informed that some non-profit organizations that were overlooked for funding altogether may make a final, three-minute appeal for reconsideration.

An additional $495,940 in requests from fourteen local organizations will go unfunded in fiscal 2013, unless the Tourist Development Council overrides the funding panel recommendations.  Final approval for the distribution of the money rests with the Board of County Commissioners, who has traditionally followed the recommendation of the lower appointed boards.

Unfunded requests included:

ArtBreakers Cancer Charity Festival

$10,000

Children’s Museum of St Johns Explorer’s Package

$50,000

City of St Augustine 450th Commemoration Picasso Exhibition

$100,000

Don Ausmon Foundation Don’s Friends Fun Fest

$15,000

First Coast Opera Passione/Merry Widow

$15,000

Ft Mose Historical Society Lincolnville Festival

$50,000

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Festival and Workshops

$100,000

Limelight Theatre Season Support

$50,000

St Augustine Community Chorus Three Concerts

$10,000

St Augustine Community Orchestra Concert Series

$10,000

St Augustine Easter Week Festival Easter Week Festival

$10,000

St Augustine Maritime Heritage Foundation Chalupa Project

$10,000

St. Augustine 450th Corporation Noche de Gala Grand Procession

$5,940

The Dance Company Winter Spectacular

$60,000

The twenty-two applicants recommended for funding, including their requested and final recommended funding, include:

ORGANIZATION EVENT NAME Request Award
St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum Sea Your History Festival

$81,000

$81,000

Romanza Festival Marketing

$100,000

$78,820

Florida Heritage Book Festival Writers Conference

$40,000

$35,000

Flagler College Legacy Tours Flagler 125th tours

$100,000

$25,000

Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra beach Four Events

$30,000

$24,000

Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Statewide Conference

$25,000

$24,000

EMMA Concert Association 13th Season

$50,000

$23,800

St Augustine Regional Council Passeo Pastel Chalk Festival

$25,000

$23,400

St Augustine Music Festival Music Festival

$22,000

$22,000

St Augustine Beach Civic Association Four Events

$26,000

$21,700

Friends of St Augustine Amphitheatre Flamenco Dance Theatre

$27,275

$21,500

Ponte Vedra Chamber of Commerce Wine Festival /Car Show

$25,000

$17,900

St Augustine Art Association Art & Craft,  Nature Exhibition

$25,000

$16,880

St Augustine Historic Inns Association Holiday Tour

$14,000

$14,000

Committee for Nightwatch British Nightwatch

$10,000

$10,000

EPIC Community Services Taste of St Augustine

$10,000

$10,000

Ft Lauderdale/St Augustine Film Festival Four Day Film Festival

$10,000

$10,000

Historic Florida Militia Re-enactments

$10,000

$10,000

Public Affairs Dept. City St Augustine Concerts in the Plaza

$10,000

$10,000

St Augustine Yacht Club Holiday Regatta/Blessing of the Fleet

$9,000

$9,000

St Joseph Ministries Stained Glass Studio American Glass Guild Conference

$10,000

$8,500

Florida Literary Arts Coalition Writers Conference

$8,000

$3,500

The events recommended for funding requested a total of $667,275, but received various portions of the $500,000 available to be awarded based on scores assessed by the St Johns County Arts, Culture and Heritage Funding Panel.

If you plan to attend the meeting, the Tourist Development Council will convene Thursday, August 30, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in the St Johns County Auditorium located at 500 San Sebastian View in St Augustine.

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