Must be the weather: Pinellas’ tourist development tax up 17% over last year

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Tax Collector Diane Nelson reports tourist development tax collections from February increased 17 percent compared to the same period last year.

The tax collector’s office collected $2.8 million in tourist development taxes in Pinellas County this past February, compared to $2.4 million in February 2011.

The tourist development tax is a 5 percent tax – known as the “bed tax” – required by Florida law on accommodations rented for six months or less. The TD tax produces close to $25 million each year in Pinellas County, used mainly for tourism marketing by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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