• Florida’s Adventure Coast Welcomes Outdoor Writers September 12 through 15

    Brooksville, FL (September 4, 2018) — Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville – Weeki Wachee is the place to be as the Visitors Bureau rolls out the welcome mat for 2018’s Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) Annual Conference. From Wednesday, September 12 through Saturday, September 15, conference attendees and their guests will enjoy Hernando County hospitality. A high point every year, FOWA members attend the September Conference to compare notes, build skills and develop content to publish.

    Florida’s Adventure Coast holds particular appeal to FOWA members due to our range of experiences found nowhere else in Florida. Starting with a gala mermaid-themed welcome reception at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, their days and evenings are filled with workshops, local culinary fare and a full slate of adventures. Sand Hill Scout Reservation is the site for Springs Fever Professional Development Workshop, a full day of keynote speakers and sessions about creating and marketing content, as well as special presentations on issues of scientific and environmental significance. Hernando County’s own Brittany Hall-Scharf will speak about the economic impact of the scalloping season, and the first-of-its-kind comprehensive plan the county has adopted to protect its bounty of coastal resources. Later, Hernando County Waterways Manager, Keith Kolasa will be on hand to discuss Hernando County’s reef ball and oyster bed projects. Friday and Saturday are devoted to adventures such as paddling, inshore fishing, scalloping, skeet shooting and bicycling. Many have registered for guided tours of Chinsegut Hill Museum and the Kegs, Casks & Corks Trail.

    “We are beyond excited to welcome Florida’s Outdoor Writers to Florida’s Adventure Coast,” noted Tammy Heon, Manager of Tourism Development for Hernando County and the Florida’s Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau. “With the myriad of outdoor adventures awaiting our visitors and guests, hosting the Outdoor Writer’s conference is a perfect fit for our PR and media outreach efforts. The media professionals attending include all manner of content creators; writers, bloggers, photographers and videographers alike will find many great story ideas and opportunities on Florida’s Adventure Coast. We’ve created an itinerary that will show them the highlights of the area while allowing them some free time to explore on their own. We are also thrilled to be working with so many of our partners; from the Mermaids and kayak outfitters to museums and restaurants, all are rolling out the red carpet to show these writers and journalists a fantastic time here on Florida’s Adventure Coast.

    About the Florida Outdoor Writers Association

    One of the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor communicators organization, members strive to:

    • Educate the public through print and electronic media, public discussion groups, seminars, workshops, forums, panels, and lectures, in the best and wisest management of our unique outdoor heritage, and to focus the public’s attention on the science of conservation.
    • To improve knowledge and skill in the art of communication in order to enhance public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of our outdoor heritage
    • To support the best use and wise management of all natural resources by increasing public awareness, appreciation and understanding of our outdoor heritage
    • To maintain the highest standards of professional competence and ethics in communications about the outdoors and conservation
    • To get the facts and to disseminate them in a thorough, fair and objective manner
    • To motivate and encourage young people to promote the outdoors and conservation and to support the best use and wise management of all natural resources by increasing public awareness, appreciation and understanding of our outdoor heritage.

    About Florida’s Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau

    Florida’s Adventure Coast Visitors Bureau’s mission is to identify, create, support and enhance activities, consistent with community assets that increase visitation and provide local economic impact. Funds for the Visitors Bureau are derived from tourist development tax, also known as “bed tax” revenue, a five percent surcharge on all transient accommodations (hotels, motels, vacation home rentals, bed & breakfast inns, campgrounds and other lodging leased for six months or less) within Hernando County.

    The day-to-day activities of the Visitors Bureau are managed by the Bureau’s staff with oversight by the Hernando County Tourist Development Council (TDC), a volunteer committee appointed by the County Commission. For more information or to partner with the Visitors Bureau, contact the Bureau at 352-754-4405 or online at www.floridasadventurecoast.com.

     

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