New TDC website designed to keep public informed


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Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council has two new websites designed for two very different purposes.

Earlier this month, Okaloosa County added a new tab to its county departments menu on its main website,, devoted to providing the public with more information on how the tourist development council is operated in the wake of the Mark Bellinger scandal.

 Okaloosa County's new tourism development website is at

That was followed by last week’s launch of the TDC’s new Emerald Coast Film Commission website,, designed to attract film and television productions to Okaloosa County.

“We’ve never had an independent, freestanding website of our own,” said Gail Morgan, Okaloosa County’s film commissioner. “When someone is searching for a place to film, it’s going to give us a lot more exposure. Not just nationwide, but globally.”

The film commission’s website features links to local talent agencies, a photo gallery by Scott Jackson from Photos Florida of two dozen possible site locations and a place for area production companies to list what services they offer.

Although Northwest Florida is known primarily for its beaches when it comes to tourism, Morgan said Okaloosa County offers much more than that to film and television crews, including the rivers, lakes, woods and small towns.

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