Tourist Development Council Advisory Board


  • Monica Luff, Sr. Admin. Specialist, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • (941) 729-9177 ext 3944
  • Email Us


It is the duty of the Tourist Development Council to make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the effective operation of the projects set forth in the Tourist Development Plan and the uses for which Tourist Development Tax Revenue may be expended.

Membership Requirements

The Tourist Development Council consists of nine volunteer members who are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for 4 year terms (with the exception of the Chairman, who is appointed yearly) representing the following categories:

  • Three Elected Officials
    • One Manatee County Commissioner, who shall serve as Chairman
    • One elected official from the largest municipality (Bradenton)
    • One elected official from any other municipality in Manatee County
  • Four owners/operators of hotels, motels or other short term rental accommodations in Manatee County that ARE subject to the 5% resort tax in Manatee County.
  • Two interested citizens who are involved in the tourist industry and have demonstrated an interest in tourism but who are NOT subject to the 5% resort tax in Manatee County.
  • All must be electors of Manatee County.


The Advisory Board application must be submitted for the applicant to be considered for appointment. The application is available for downloading on the Apply for an Advisory Board page.


Meetings are held the third Monday of every other month at 9 a.m. in various locations throughout Manatee County.

2020 Meeting Schedule

  • February 10 @ County Admin Bldg.
  • March 30 @ County Admin Bldg. (CANCELED)
  • June 15 @ Bradenton Area Convention Center
  • August 17 @ Bradenton Area Convention Center
  • October 19 @ County Admin Bldg.
  • December 14 @ Holmes Beach City Hall

For more information contact Monica Luff, Sr. Admin. Specialist, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, at (941) 729-9177 ext 3944 or via email:


Name Term Seat
Misty Servia, Manatee County Commissioner December 31, 2020 Elected Official
Wayne Poston, Mayor, City of Bradenton June 30, 2020 Elected Official
Shirley Bryant, Mayor, City of Palmetto

Elected Official
Jiten Patel June 30, 2021 Hotelier
Ed Chiles June 30, 2021 Hotelier
Eric Cairns June 30, 2021 Hotelier
Barbara Baker
June 30, 2021 Hotelier
Jack Rynerson June 30, 2022 Interested Citizen
Vernon DeSear June 30, 2022 Interested Citizen

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

To view the agenda or minutes, click on the year and meeting date below.

2019 Agendas, Minutes, Agenda Packets

Date Minutes Agenda
 December 9, 2019  December 9, 2019 Minutes  December 9, 2019 Agenda
 September 16, 2019  September 16, 2019 Minutes  
February 11, 2019
February 11, 2019 Revised Agenda