More than $1 million in backing to support tourism-oriented events and projects will be reviewed for final approval by the Monroe County Commission Oct. 19.
Money for the events comes from tax revenues collected on short-term rentals that go toward supporting activities that benefit the Florida Keys tourism-based economy.
Event applications for funding are vetted by local advisory councils and the full Tourist Development Council before reaching the County Commission.
Fantasy Fest 2017, the largest single event, has been recommended for $140,000 to support events and advertising. Key West’s advisory council approved $120,000 for the fest, with the Lower Keys council providing $20,000.
Three “turnkey” events in Key West are scheduled for $120,000 each: Super Boat International’s Key West World Championship, sailing’s Key West Race Week and the Songwriters Festival.
Key West also supports two dozen smaller events for a combined $476,000.
Contracts for $35,000 each are proposed for the Key West Food and Wine Festival, the Key West Marathon and Half Marathon, Key West Holiday Fest, WomanFest and the P1 Powerboat AquaX Key West Championship. The Key West Brewfest and the Southernmost Marathon and Running Festival each are slated for $25,000.
In Islamorada, tourism advisers endorsed grants of $40,000 for both the Swim to Alligator Lighthouse and the University of Miami Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament.
The Islamorada Grand Prix for P1 powerboats is scheduled to receive $25,000, with awards of $20,000 to the Islamorada Half Marathon, $15,000 to Florida Keys Island Fest and $10,000 each to the Conch Scramble and the Mad Dog Mandich Fishing Classic.
The Key Largo and Islamorada districts combined to provide $40,000 to the Uncorked Food and Wine Festival and $20,000 to the Beach Roadtrip Weekend. Key Largo also allocated $10,000 each to Reef Fest 2017, the Key Largo Bridge Run and Key Largo Brew on the Bay.
Marathon’s tourist district has approved $114,000 toward beach maintenance and $77,425 for restrooms at Coco Plum Beach.
The commission meeting begins at 9 a.m. at the Marathon Government Center, mile marker 48.5 bayside.
Kevin Wadlow: 305-440-3206