Florida unveils two new disaster aid grants

Posted: 5:39 AM, Dec 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-11 10:53:57Z
Florida unveils two new disaster aid grants
Florida unveils two new disaster aid grants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Many Florida towns continue to rebuild following Hurricane Michael, and Visit Florida wants to help.

WTXL ABC 27's Jada Williams was live Tuesday morning with more on two new programs helping increase tourism in the places hit by the Hurricane.

Gov. Rick Scott has unveiled two new disaster assistance programs with Visit FLorida all to help tourism in the counties hurt by Hurricane Michael.

The counties eligible are those counties included in FEMA assistance.

The Tourism Recovery Grant Program for Hurricane Michael helps counties come up with a marketing plan to sell what they have to offer through things like advertising, brochure production, and website development.

The Hurricane Michael Recovery Marketing Program allows local businesses to join Visit Florida for free and receive more help from the organization through June 30, 2019.

The goal is all to continue to grow tourism in the sunshine state.

Ken Lawson, the CEO of Visit Florida, said:"Of course, the last 2 years, we've made sure to use the money to help all partners whether you are small, medium or large. Bottom line, tourism funds1.4 million Floridians jobs. Last year, we had over 118.5 million tourists come out of state to spend their money. Spend over $113 billion to make sure we don't have a personal income tax."

This is in addition to the nearly $9 million marketing plan launched by Visit Florida in October.

That plan is also aimed at helping devastated tourist attraction rebuild.

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