The Tourist Development Council

The Duval County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is the governing body that oversees the collection and distribution of the local-option tourist development tax authorized to counties by Florida Statutes.

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) is appointed by the City Council President. It consists of nine members; three city council members, three hotel operators/owners, and three hospitality industry representatives. The City Council President is the chairman of the TDC.

Committee Members:

Council President Bill Gulliford
Councilman Richard Clark
Councilman Warren Jones
Sonny Bhikha
Henry B. Fonde
Barbara Goodman
MG Ordender
David T. Potts
Fred Pozin

Contact Staff:

Janice K. Billy (Auditor)
(904) 630-1625
jbilly@coj.net

Annette R. Hastings (Executive Director)
(904) 630-7625
AnnetteH@coj.net

James R. McCain (General Counsel)
(904) 630-7130
JMcCain@coj.net

Paul Astleford  (Visit Jacksonville Representative)
(904) 798-9111
pastelford@visitjacksonville.com




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Blogs by First Coast Magazine
  • Congaree and Penn- Rice Farm in Jacksonville

    January 22, 2015 10:05 am EST

    Scott Meyer operates the nation’s smallest rice farm. It’s the only one in Jacksonville. And he’s fairly certain it’s the only one in Florida.

  • Blue Sky Farms: Pioneers of Farming on the First Coast

    July 21, 2014 9:32 pm EDT

    Almost 100 years ago in a community rich with potato farming tradition, but light on technology, Danny Johns’ great-grandfather pioneered the first horseless farm in Hastings.

  • Belgian Endive Salad at Black Sheep

    July 21, 2014 9:30 pm EDT

    Summer is a season for light eating. Dining out, it can be a challenge to find dishes that are both refreshing and satisfying.

  • Three F(x) Ice cream and waffles

    July 21, 2014 9:23 pm EDT

    A dark-haired boy jumps up and down at the ice cream counter as his mother places the order. Then he presses his face against the glass shield, watching the employee twirl sweet milk on a frozen stainless steel plate.

  • WIDE WORLD OF WINE- Pairing Wines with Ethnic Cuisine

    July 21, 2014 9:18 pm EDT

    Intrepid food adventurers or those far from the tastes of home find challenge when selecting a wine to accompany ethnic flavors.

Blogs by Visit Jacksonville
  • Five Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Jax

    October 20, 2014 10:17 am EDT

    Unless you’re an expert on our fine city (and who knows? You might be, it is pretty awesome here) here are some things you probably didn’t know about Jacksonville, Florida.

  • The Time Is Now…Fall in Jax!

    October 06, 2014 12:17 pm EDT

    Summer months have come and gone, but the fun has just begun.

  • 488,000 Yards of Greens, 1,200 Holes, 70 courses…Come Sink a Hole-In-One in JAX.

    September 23, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    From easy to hard, historic to championship, beach to river – Northeast Florida offers more than 1,200 holes of golf on 70 public and private courses, pristine course conditions, affordable rates, great fall deals and comfortable weather all year.

  • Weekend Getaway on a Budget

    August 31, 2014 1:14 pm EDT

    Music, art, fun, food, beer, sports, adventure, and fun await you in Jacksonville on any given day, and the best part? We guarantee it won’t break your bank!

  • Get Hooked in Jax!

    August 19, 2014 12:47 pm EDT

    Some people might call them fish shacks, holes in the wall, dives- but here in Jax we call them Fish Camps!

Blogs by Gary Sass
  • Holiday Festivals surrounded by History

    December 01, 2014 11:47 am EST

    The local historical societies celebrate the holidays and offer fun activities. It is also a chance to buy unique gifts for the lovers of history.

  • His-tor-ee That’s Free

    November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST

    We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history. Read on for a brief description of some of our local museums and sites which are free or have a nominal fee.

  • Pioneers of Aviation – Still Flying High

    October 10, 2014 2:56 pm EDT

    The most spectacular annual air show is right here in Jacksonville.

  • Main production building - photo courtesy of Norman Studios

    Jacksonville in the Movies

    August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT

    “On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.

  • Lifesaving Landmark at the Beach

    July 16, 2014 5:24 pm EDT

    Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.

Blogs by Local Expert Guest
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  • ‘Project Atrium’ Photographer Focuses on Details

    December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST

    Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”

  • Catalogue Helps Visitors Get Behind ‘Get Real’

    October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT

    Artists have been working in the realist style for centuries. In this age of technology, what would inspire contemporary painters to embark on the painstaking process of creating art in this style?

  • A Declaration of Independent Theater

    October 16, 2014 1:45 pm EDT

    A small theater in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood has made a big impact on Jacksonville’s movie tastes.

  • The Art of the Brain

    September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT

    MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation

  • Art Walks All the Time

    September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT

    Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to absorb local art.


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