Okaloosa reviews Bellinger-Bos marketing agreement (DOCUMENT)

Published: Monday, April 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM.

Bos said Bellinger pushed for the lease because he wanted a space in a picturesque setting to take travel writers and other important visitors.

“He came to me and he said, ‘Look, I’ve got to get a space here where I can show off the Emerald Coast,’ ” Bos added. “It was all about never getting a second chance to make a first impression.”

He said Bellinger often complained that his office at the TDC headquarters on Okaloosa Island had no view of the Gulf of Mexico.

Bos said the money he received from Bellinger’s marketing agreement was used to fund many of the 163 public events held at HarborWalk during that time.

“All those events helped tourism because they make a fun experience,” he said. “If you have a fun experience, you’re going to tell your friends when you get home.”

Contact Daily News Staff Writer Kari C. Barlow at 850-315-4438 or kbarlow@nwfdailynews.com. Follow her on Twitter @KariBnwfdn.

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