St. Lucie County Tourism marks fifth consecutive record-breaking year in bed tax collections

FORT PIERCE — St. Lucie County experienced a 6.1 percent increase in bed tax revenue for the 2017-18 budget year, compared to the previous record-breaking year.

The revenues broke the $4 million mark, bringing in just over $4.18 million. St. Lucie County hotels, resorts, RV parks, campgrounds and privately-owned vacation rentals are required by law to collect a 5 percent “bed tax” on all stays less than six months.

These funds are used to pay for tourism-related capital projects, the maintenance and operation of tourism-related facilities, as well as marketing and promotional activities to attract and promote tourism to St. Lucie County and its cities.

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