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.