Suwannee County Tourist Development Council
The Tourist Development Council works with our local tourism-related industries to promote Suwannee County. We are all aware of and enjoy the leisure activities that our beautiful county offers, and the TDC has the fun job of telling others about it. The Suwannee River provides the backdrop for many outdoor recreational activities in what the travel industry calls The Original Florida. We don’t have to tell you about hunting and fishing and swimming in the springs—and these are only a few of our attractions.
The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is continuing to develop and is enjoyed by more and more visitors (and residents!) every year. Horseback riding, bird watching, bicycling, many and varied concerts and events, and the Suwannee County Historical Museum add to the list of our tourism offerings.
The TDC assists financially with many events in Suwannee County through grants and sponsorships. These events include the Miss North Florida Scholarship Program, the Branford River Reunion, the Live Oak Christmas Lights Committee, the Suwannee River Jam and other activities at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, the Suwannee County Fair, the Fall Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Contest, Christmas on the Square, and building and upkeep of the county’s springs. An application must be made to receive a Tourist Development Fund grant or a sponsorship. More information and forms are available at the Chamber office. Also available at the Chamber are new maps of Suwannee County that the Tourist Development Council has funded.
The Tourist Development Council comprises Chairman Marsha Lee and Board Members Judy Honeycutt, Dick Grillo, Dick Calvitt, Sonny Nobles, Don Owens, Norman Protsman, Jesse Caruthers and Charles Thomas. New members are recommended by the existing council and appointed by the County Commissioners.
The Tourist Development Council is intent on increasing the number of visitors to Suwannee County, their length of stay, and their economic impact. The Council’s funding source is the county bed tax fund.
The TDC is always looking for any organization that has a festival or event to publicize. Your information can be mailed to the Chamber of Commerce at Post Office Drawer C, Live Oak, or you can drop by the Chamber office at 816 South Ohio and have your brochures or flyers placed in the information rack. Look for tourist information and a calendar of local events elsewhere on this website.
Volunteers need to help promote Suwannee County Tourism