Staying in a hotel or RV park in Florida’s St. Lucie County means paying the tourism development tax to use those facilities.
WPTV, Port St. Lucie, reported that on Tuesday (Sept. 27) commissioners unanimously voted to extend that tax until 2023.
Some don’t agree with the tax, like Outdoor Resorts of America office manager Elizabeth Riley. She said RVs fill her park during the busy tourism season.
“They have to pay that much more when they come on top of the gas prices and everything else, it’s not helping with our business,” says Riley.
According to the county tourism office, the tourism development tax collected anywhere from $1.9 million to $2.7 million a year since 2004 with 40% earmarked for operation and upkeep of Digital Domain Park, home of the St. Lucie Mets minor league baseball team.
Riley’s RV park is about a mile from Digital Domain park on Peacock Boulevard in Port St. Lucie.
Mets spring training boosts Riley’s business. But she says, “I see that side but people are coming to see the team play, not a big, grand stadium.”
Just last month, commissioner Chris Dzadovsky said, “It gives stability to the area and actually area businesses can invest…knowing the Mets will be here for the long term.”