CHIPLEY - Washington County Tourist Development Council is soliciting representation from other municipalities to fill a seat now left vacant.
At a meeting held last week, the TDC discussed filling the seat after Vernon City Council Mayor Tina Sloan submitted her resignation, citing personal obligations. With no other Vernon council members available, the TDC has since sent letters to other municipalities requesting representation on its council.
"We'll have to wait to hear back from the municipalities to see if any of the other members are interested," said TDC Director Heather Lopez. "We didn't want to just pick one, we wanted to invite all of them if they're interested."
Three seats are required on the TDC - a county commissioner, a representative from Chipley and then one from a smaller municipality. Of the latter, after the TDC receives a response of confirmation, the representative is voted in at his or her respective council meeting, then the recommendation has to be approved by the county commission. From there, the TDC makes the final approval. It is important to note other municipalities have had representation in the past and that this is a regular process.
Lopez said she anticipates the seat will be filled by the next meeting, which will be held in January.
In other business, the TDC voted to approve a crisis plan, which will be carried out in conjunction with the county in the case of a crisis, such as the recent natural disaster.
"It's to make sure there's a process in place for us," Lopez said. "How we would respond to an emergency. How to prep the office, because we're a county department, how we help the county pre-storm, during the storm, after the storm."
Also in regards to recovery, Visit Florida designated a portion of its funding for recovery advertising. Lopez said the allotted amount has not been determined in the multi-step process, however, in a couple of weeks the council will learn how much is allotted and what the money can be used for.