SK resident not named to TDC spot

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By John Morton

The Sarasota Board of County Commissioners on Oct. 24 unanimously selected Todd Mathes, director of development for Benderson Development, for a four-year spot on the county’s Tourist Advisory Council (TDC).
Siesta Key businessman Mike Holderness also applied for the position but did not receive a nomination from any commissioner. He is owner of Beachside Management and co-owner of both Siesta Key Beach Resort and Suites and Siesta Key Beachside Villas.


“I am honored to have been nominated to apply for the TDC board. I’m, obviously, disappointed not to be appointed to this specific ‘payer of the tax’ position, Holderness said. “We [his businesses] are taxed around a $1 million per year for the TDC budget, and I believe I would have been the best advocate for them. I will continue to look for opportunities to serve my community while also serving the guests who enjoy Siesta Key and continue looking out for our locals that call Siesta home.”
The TDC utilizes the Tourist Development Tax – or “bed tax” – that is collected from lodging entities.
In recent years, Holderness has been involved in disputes with the county involving land use and other matters. He was deemed as qualified for the TDC seat by county staff – those qualifications are:

  • be collectors of tourist development tax or involved with/interested in tourist development
  • be a Sarasota County resident
    Among Benderson Development’s projects is the mixed-use Siesta Promenade coming to the corner of U.S. 41 and Stickney Point Road. It also owns land in Siesta Village and has recently expressed interest in building a hotel there.
John Morton
Author: John Morton

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