VISIT FLORIDA gives $860K to promote tourism in hurricane-affected communities

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - VISIT FLORIDA announced Monday nearly $860,000 has been awarded to communities impacted by Hurricane Michael to promote tourism.

These grants have been awarded to the Panama City Community Development Council, the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Tourism Development Councils of Gulf, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

The funding was requested by these local tourism development boards and will benefit their targeted marketing efforts as they continue to rebuild and recover from Hurricane Michael.

Here's how the money breaks down:

Panama City Community Development Council, Inc.: $250,000
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau: $250,000
Gulf County Tourist Development Council: $250,000
Jackson County Tourist Development Council: $60,000
Washington County Tourist Development Council: $48,000