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ABOVE VIDEO: Should the Brevard County Commission support the Local Option Resort Tax Allocation Project by Westin Hotel and Conference Center Developers in Cocoa Beach – to replace the existing International Palms Resort? Local business leader and hospitality industry businessman Bob Baugher says no.

ABOVE VIDEO: Should the Brevard County Commission support the Local Option Resort Tax Allocation Project by Westin Hotel and Conference Center Developers in Cocoa Beach – to replace the existing International Palms Resort? Local business leader and hospitality industry businessman Bob Baugher says no.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County hotel owner and veteran tourism board expert Bob Baugher speaks with Space Coast Daily’s Giles Malone about his concerns over a proposal that has been brought to the committee county but not available to the public.

The latest proposal seen by the tourism board involves the allocation of a local option tourism tax to the proposed new Westin hotel in Cocoa Beach to help fund the project.

The proposal is supported by many local lobbyists who are asking county commissioners for more than $ 75 million to be used from the future tourism tax generated by the proposed hotel to pay off the debt and the construction of the hotel property. upscale, which currently has the International Palms resort on it.

In this exclusive interview with Space Coast Daily, Bob Baugher explains what the pitfalls of this proposed project funding are and his concerns about setting a dangerous precedent that could lead to big problems for Cocoa Beach and the county at the. to come up.

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