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For-profit ‘Florida Tourism Bureau’ sued over $15K defaulted loan

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A newly formed business called “Florida Tourism Bureau” is facing court action by a creditor who fronted several thousand in startup costs. The Clearwater company — founded June 2016 by Tim Gahagen and Richard Dawes — is somewhat unusual in that tourism bureaus are traditionally quasi-governmental entities and not outright for-profit businesses. John Edward Eder, a 55-year-old Margate resident, loaned Gahagen and Dawes $15,000 just one week after the Florida Tourism Bureau was incorporated. The Bureau is located at 300…

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