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Board & Meetings

Central Florida’s Polk County Tourist Development Council’s primary objective is to increase overnight stays in Polk County accommodations and enhance the county’s economic climate.

Tourist Development Council (TDC) Board members must derive a portion of their income, or be employed in a business that deals directly with tourists, has an extensive knowledge of or background in the marketing and/or sales of tourism goods or services. Examples of such businesses would include attractions, restaurants, museums, hospitality education and other businesses, which cater to tourists.

Tourist Development Council Members

  • Martha Santiago, Committee Chair and County Commissioner
  • Stephanie Madden, Municipality
  • Desiree Howell, Accommodations
  • Brad Dantzler, Municipality
  • Shemil Bailey, Accommodations
  • John Loute, Accommodations
  • Jackie Johnson, Tourism Industry
  • Ron Myers, Tourism Industry

TDC Meeting Dates

Meetings are generally held on the 4th Thursday, every other month at 9:00 a.m. at 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Rd., Auburndale, FL

  • December 19, 2019
  • February 27, 2020
  • April 16, 2020 Cancelled
  • May 28, 2020
  • June 25, 2020 Cancelled
  • August 27, 2020
  • October 22, 2020 at Lake Myrtle and via Zoom
  • December 17, 2020

Public Meeting Notices


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