Bed Tax grants panel meets Thursday

St. Johns County Tourist Development Council reported to Historic City News that their Category II Arts/Grants Funding panel will meet in special session this Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

The funding panel hopes to sort out the delayed funding allocations that special events and cultural programs count on after the Board of County Commissioners revamped the TDC Board last week.

The meeting will be in the St. George Room of the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, and is open to the public.

The panel will wade through 48 applications totaling $696,870 in requests.

Available bed tax money is almost half that, $389,016.

Good news for residents of the City of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach; Nights of Lights and the Surf Illumination at St. Augustine Beach, fireworks and July 4th events in St. Augustine, and fireworks and New Years Events at St. Augustine Beach, are being funded separately with $115,000.