New TDC website designed to keep public informed

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

“I think we’re right on the verge here of just exploding,” Morgan said.

In the area just last week, the Travel Channel was in Destin filming a piece on resort communities, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee filmed a piece and a local producer filmed an independent feature film. The biggest project in recent years was last year’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which was filmed at Hurlburt Field and the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

Filming on the fourth film in the Transformers franchise is expected to start next year for a June 2014 release. Morgan has kept in touch with Transformers producer Ian Bryce, who told her at a Producers Guild of America event last year how much he wants to come back to the area.

Okaloosa County’s new tourist development page on its website was created to show local residents the responsibilities of the department, how the 5-cent bed tax is collected by the clerk of courts and how each of those cents is being used.

“We just saw a void of that side of our tourism that really hadn’t been represented very well in the past,” said Okaloosa County Administrator Jim Curry. “Particularly in light of what’s transpired the last couple of years, we felt it was appropriate to develop that type of information and have it available to the public.

“We have a lot more we want to put out here on it, but this gets it started,” he added.

Contact Daily News Business Editor Dusty Ricketts at 850-315-4448 or Follow him on Twitter @DustyRnwfdn.

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