Amelia Island Tourist Development Council

The AITDC is a volunteer, citizen-based committee who is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The AITDC is charged with providing recommendations to the BOCC on tourism related matters including, but not limited to, the creation of marketing plans, new product development, and the expenditure of Tourist Development Tax (TDT) funds. The AITDC is also charged with the continuous review of expenditures of TDT funds and has the ability to report unauthorized expenditures of the fund monies to the BOCC and Department of Revenue.   

To ensure proactive and professional management of the AITDC and execution of related tourism programs, initiatives, and special projects, the BOCC contracts with Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (AICVB) to provide administrative and operational support to the AITDC and related tourism activities. This includes, among other items, the preparation of marketing plans, management of tourism related contracts, development of new products, expansion of the tourism market, and preparation of an annual budget for the AITDC and BOCC’s consideration. 

Annually, the AITDC, with assistance from AICVB, recommends a proposed TDT fund budget for the BOCC’s consideration.  The BOCC has the final decision on the allocation of funds. The BOCC is ultimately responsible for the expenditure of all TDT funds.

Appointment & Members

The AITDC was established by ordinance after a vote of the electorate of Nassau County in November of 1988. The AITDC is composed of nine (9) members who are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the BOCC. The appointments are governed by Florida Statute 125.0104 which states the Council shall be comprised of:

  • One (1) County Commissioner
  • Two (2) Elected Municipal Officials
    1. at least one of whom shall be from the most populous municipality in the county or sub-county special taxing district in which the tax is levied
  • Six (6) persons who are involved in the tourist industry and have demonstrated an interest in tourist development
    • No less than three (3) nor more than four (4), shall be owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations on Amelia Island subject to the tax and reside in Nassau County

Additional information, in part, concerning characteristics of the Council’s operations follow in accordance with Florida Statute 125.0104 and Nassau County Ordinance 88-31 as follows:  

  • The Council shall meet at least once each quarter
  • Members of the Council shall serve for staggered terms of 4 years
  • All members are required to:
    1. Be Nassau County residents and registered voters
    2. Adhere to Florida Sunshine Law
  • The Board of County Commissioners shall have the option of designating the chair of the Council or allowing the Council to elect a chair
    1. The chair shall be appointed or elected annually and may be reelected or reappointed

Current Members & Vacancies:

(Terms are staggered four-year terms expiring in even years.)  

 

Name

Agency/Company

Seat

Term Expiration

Aaron C. Bell

Nassau County BOCC

County Commissioner

December 2022

Len Kreger

City of Fernandina Beach

Elected Official (City of Fernandina Beach)

December 2022

Vacant


Elected Official (Hilliard, Callahan, or Fernandina Beach)

December 2024

Bob Hartman

Residence Inn Amelia Island

Tourist Industry (Subject to Tax)

December 2024

William (Will) Wiest

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island 

Tourist Industry (Subject to Tax)

December 2024

Lisa West

Addison on Amelia

Tourist Industry (Subject to Tax)

December 2022

Vacant


Tourist Industry 

December 2024

Barbara Halverstadt 

Jacksonville Aviation Authority

Tourist Industry 

December 2024

Phyllis Davis

Amelia Island Museum of History

Tourist Industry 

December 2022

 

There are currently two (2) vacancies; one (1) seat for an “elected municipal official”, and one (1) seat for a person who is “involved in the tourist industry and who ha[s] demonstrated an interest in tourist development”. [ref. §125.0104(4)(e)] 

County staff is currently soliciting applications for volunteers to serve on the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council. The Application Period will run from July 14, 2021 to August 13, 2021. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 13th. Incomplete applications and/or applications received after the application period will not be considered.  

To apply to serve on the AITDC, please visit the AITDC application (Unavailable until July 14) to complete an online application form and submit related supporting information/documentation. 


Hard copy, paper, application forms can also be obtained and submitted in person by visiting the Nassau County Manager’s Office at 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 1, Yulee, FL 32097 during normal business hours.  


For more information, please feel free to contact Katie Brock in the Nassau County Manager’s office at (904)530-6010 or kbrock@nassaucountyfl.com.