As spring break and summer vacation season approaches, folks in Franklin County are hoping for a boost in tourism.
The Franklin County Tourist Development Council is hoping more people are like Aileen and Mel Burrell. They traveled all the way from Scotland to enjoy Florida's fresh seafood and to explore old history in Apalachicola.
Aileen Burrell says, "Being able to have a half dozen oysters for five dollars, in Europe that's just amazing."
Mel Burrell says, "I was told to come see what real Florida is all about, and that's why we're here and it's great."
Kurt Blair from the Franklin County TDC says tourism numbers in December and January were down about 20 percent from a year ago, but the February numbers seem to be looking better.
Blair says, "When the sun comes out and the temperatures warm up, this is just a great place to be."
He says to help boost numbers, the TDC is sponsoring several upcoming events like a Chili-Cookoff, festivals, concerts, and a competitive Barbecue function.
Adrian and Richard White traveled from London to spend their honeymoon in a place they say is like no other.
Adrian White says, "One of the things we love about it is that it's so relaxed and quiet, and you don't have all the chain restaurants and the hotels and everything and if you're wanting a family holiday, this really is the perfect place to go."
Blair says, "We hope people will start coming back to Florida and enjoying their vacations."
The Franklin County Tourist Development Council will hold a meeting next Tuesday, March 8Th to discuss more specific plans on promoting tourism in Franklin County. That meeting is open to the public and Will be held at the Carabelle City Hall at 3 p.m.
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