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Tourism Commission Allocates Funding for Special Events, Advertising

The commission set allocated a total of $185,868.99 for upcoming events and advertising, as well as reimbursement to the city.

A scene from the Doo Dah Parade in 2012. The Tourism Development Commission set aside a total of $185,868.99 for upcoming special events and advertising on Thursday morning. (Patch File Photo)
A scene from the Doo Dah Parade in 2012. The Tourism Development Commission set aside a total of $185,868.99 for upcoming special events and advertising on Thursday morning. (Patch File Photo)
The Ocean City Tourism Development Commission passed 14 resolutions at its meeting Thursday morning at the library, allocating a total of $185,868.99 to fund upcoming special events, promote the city and reimburse the city for administrative assistance.

The tourism commission is a public body funded through mercantile fees.

The specific projects and the amounts set aside for each project are as follows:

·      $25,000 to Business and Neighborhood Development for the 2014 Air Show;

·      $4,000 to the Ocean City Recreation Dedicated Trust Fund for the Doo Dah Parade;

·      $5,000 to the Ocean City Recreation Trust Fund for the Night in Venice;

·      $5,000 to the Ocean City Recreation Trust Fund for the Baby Parade;

·      $3,500 to the Ocean City Restaurant Association for Restaurant Week;

·      $5,000 to support First Night in Ocean City;

·      a $25,000 reimbursement to the city for administrative support;

·      $32,000 to the Chamber of Commerce to operate the Welcome Center;

·      an amount not to exceed $319 to Universal Media Inc. to air commercials on KYW, WCAU, WPVI, WTXF, Comcast Cable and other outlets in Allentown and Lancaster from February to May;

·      a total not to exceed $31,550 for advertisements in various magazines;

·      $27,499.99 to CBS Outdoor to promote the city on billboards on the Walt Whitman Bridge for seven weeks from March through May, and on I-95 for 12 weeks from February through May;

·      $12,000 to TAC Printing of Seaville to place six promotional items in the Welcome Bag distributed weekly to renters;

·      $10,000 to Information Centers to create a brochure promoting the city; and

·      two resolutions of $10,000 each for graphic artists for various projects.

Don Coggins February 21, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Why are we spending so much money on Tourism?Bill boards etc.We have more tourist then we need and everyone knows where OC is.Let this money come from the Businessman in the town why should it come from taxpayers?? Don C
Southend Citizen February 21, 2014 at 01:12 PM
AAAAmen. Let the merchants and developers pay for it. How bought we spend it on why we have tourists in the first place? A useable beach in the Southend? Why the lack of courage to announce it's delayed officially? SO we can hoodwink the tourists and tenants we're spending money to attract?

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