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Tourist Development Council

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Membership Details
Required for a Quorum
Meetings Held
Is Financial Disclosure Required to Serve?
Board Liaison
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Board Members


Per Section 125.0104 of the 2015 Florida Statutes:

The Tourist Development Council (TDC) shall meet at least once each quarter and, from time to time, shall make recommendations to the county governing board (BOCC) for the effective operation of the special projects or for uses of the tourist development tax revenue and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by county ordinance or resolution. The council shall continuously review expenditures of revenues from the tourist development trust fund and shall receive, at least quarterly, expenditure reports from the county governing board or its designee. Expenditures which the council believes to be unauthorized shall be reported to the county governing board and the Department of Revenue. The governing board and the department shall review the findings of the council and take appropriate administrative or judicial action to ensure compliance with this section. The changes in the composition of the membership of the tourist development council mandated by chapter 86-4, Laws of Florida, and this act shall not cause the interruption of the current term of any person who is a member of a council on October 1, 1996.

Created By

The TDC was established by Section 42-167, St. Lucie County Code of Ordinances, County Ordinance 83-10.

Membership Details

  • The TDC has Nine members
  • One member of the council shall be the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners or any other member of the Board of County Commissioners, as designated by the board Chair.
  • The remaining eight members shall have the following representative classifications:
    • Two members shall be elected municipal officials, at least one of whom shall be from the most populous municipality in the county.

    • Six members shall be persons who are involved in the tourist industry and who have demonstrated an interest in tourist development, of which members, not less than three or more than four shall be owners or operators of motels, hotels, recreational vehicle parks, or other tourist accommodations in the county subject to a tax levied pursuant to F.S. § 125.0104

    • All members of the council shall be electors of the county.

    • The Board of County Commissioners shall have the option of designating the chair of the council or allowing the council to elect a chairperson. The chairperson shall be appointed or elected annually, and may be reelected or reappointed.

Appointment Terms

 The members of the council shall serve for staggered terms of 4 years.

Required for a Quorum

Five (5)

Meetings Held

  • Second (2nd) Wednesday of every month usually in Conference Room 3 of the County Admin Building, however, sometimes location may change and public is notified.
  • TDC shall meet a minimum of (4) times per calendar year.

Is Financial Disclosure Required to Serve?


Board Liaison

Charlotte Bireley, Tourism & Marketing Director

772-462-1539 /

Board Clerk

Tayler Hardison, Administrative and Marketing Assistant

772-462-1472 /


Board Members

Appointed By                                   
Term Expires                          
 Cathy Townsend  BOCC Chairman’s Appointee 11/2020
 Mayor Greg Oravec
 City of Port St. Lucie 11/2020
 Rufus Alexander  City of Fort Pierce 05/2021
 Francesca Tyler
 Chris Dzadovsky
 Terissa Aronson  Anthony Mitchell
 Catherine Matos
 Linda Bartz 07/2023
 Harold "Buzz" Smyth  Cathy Townsend 11/2020
 Lisa Cataline  Frannie Hutchinson 11/2023
 Paul Taglieri 

 BOCC At-Large