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Chamber video has locals in uproar

June 8, 2013

The Greater Pensacola Chamber has been charged $258,094.76 for 30-second video spot produced by its Nashville, Tenn.-based ad agency. That is $8603.00 a finished second. Local production companies are claiming that they can do it for a fraction of that amount.

The video was to promote tourism and was to be paid by the Visitor Information Center/Convention Bureau with bed tax dollars.

The hotel owners are upset and have resurrected demands to take tourism promotion away from the Chamber and set up an independent authority. Talks with the chamber are scheduled for the upcoming week.

I’ve heard that the invoice hasn’t been paid…yet.

Invoice: Mail AttachmentMail Attachment

  • DENNIS HUDSON June 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

    LAST THURSADY’S PENSACOLA’S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEETING LEFT MANY QUESTIONS UNANSWERED AND A FOUL ODER LINGERING IN THE AIR. THE NEWLY FORMED P.I.A.(PRODUCERS INDUSTRY ADVOCATES)IS ON THE CASE TO RETRIVE MORE ANSWERS AND WILL QUESTION COUNTY COM.ON THURSDAY AT 5:30 AS TO THE COST OF A 30 SEC. VIDEO THAT HAS CAUSED AN UPROAR IN THE COMMUNITY. REQUEST’S FOR INFORMATION HAVE BEEN FILED AND PAST RECORDS AND TRANSACTIONS ARE BEING LOOKED INTO. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT CONTACT “MIKE COTTEN AT feipcola@bell south.net.

  • Oliver Mercado June 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Since your on the Chamber board, what is the consensus after the meeting yesterday? Will there be another meeting to do Due Diligence of the bill in question? Many issues and questions were brought, some repeatedly by both taxpayers, industry professionals, Chamber board members and officers, local big wigs, etc. BUT MANY WEREN’T ANSWERED BY THE BOHAN REPRESENTATIVES. What is the next step?

  • Ad men June 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Wonderful – we are now going to establish tourism marketing strategy in the court of public opinion. Is Bohan headed for the same fate as Hizer, Kimbough, Oliver?

  • jeeperman June 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Oh, who am I kidding? It is easy to get local tax dollars when the local government BOCC and City Council are mostly made up of CoC club business owners.
    We the voter have voted them into office and created the ability for them to promote themselves with our tax dollars.

  • jeeperman June 9, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Here is some news for most people…………….
    The CoC is a club of local businesses and their goal-purpose is to network and promote THEIR businesses and thus make more money.
    It is NOT a local government entity of any sort.
    However, some how, this Pensacola area CoC has managed to snag local tax dollars to do it.

    Unlike the majority of CoC’s around the country.
    So if your in a club of local businesses “promoting” the area, are you really going to do anything to attract big business from other parts of the world to locate here?
    Why would you do that and create competition for all of the minimum wage employees you have?
    By minimum wage I am talking about is the minimum wage an employer has to pay in order to get and retain the employees they desire.