Members of the Franklin County Tourist Development Council (TDC) and helpers traveled to Tallahassee to participate in Tourism Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 13.

Tourism Day is an annual event sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association designed to bring attention to the importance of tourism on the state’s economy.

The TDC representatives participated in the street party on Adams Street by treating legislators and participants from around the state to fresh Apalachicola oysters and materials highlighting the county’s tourism resources and attractions.

Representing the county were TDC board member Paul Parker; TDC Administrator Curt Blair and staffer Fran Edwards; Apalachicola City Administrator Betty Taylor-Webb; Cindy Clark of Bay Media; Joe Taylor, director of the Franklin’s Promise Coalition; and Shannon Hartsfield and Devon Barber from the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association.

A special appearance was made by Oyster Manny, a creation of Lanark Village artist Joan Matey.

The promotional effort highlighting Franklin County tourism and seafood was made possible in part by funds from a Visit Florida grant.  Some 500 people participated in the overall event.

Blair said the event provided “an excellent opportunity” to showcase Franklin County’s resources, beaches, history and seafood to legislators, and statewide association partners.