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Tourism Up in St. Johns County

Tourism Up in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Tourism experts are cautiously optimistic heading into the 2011-2012 travel season.

From January through May, visitation was up six percent over the same time period in 2010. 

According to the St. Johns County Visitors and Convention Bureau (VCB), the area saw an increase in visitors last year as well, with 3.4 million visitors spending at least one night in the county during 2010-2011.

On average, those people stayed 5 days.  They spent $634 million, including $38 million in sales tax and $5.6 million in bed taxes, according to the VCB.

Those hotel and motel bed taxes are used to pay for the bureau and their marketing campaigns, which are designed to bring more people to the area.

According to the VCB, they are trying new advertising this summer to try to keep people coming back.

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

$10,000 Donation to St. Johns Fire Rescue

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is awarding much needed equipment to the St. Johns Fire Rescue. The Fire Department benefits with 17 Wyse Thin Clients & LCD displays worth $10,614. These state-of-the-art desktops will allow for cutting edge training to take place in every St. Johns Fire Rescue fire station, replacing out dated technology and allowing for economical and consistent training throughout the county. More important, the time saved will increase the efficiency of existing manpower. Since 2005, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has donated more than $1 million to public safety entities in the state of Florida.

Starbucks Happy Hour Returns, May 6 - 15th

Starbucks Happy Hour Returns, May 6 - 15th

Frappuccino® blended beverage lovers, we heard you – and we are excited to announce the return of Happy Hour to Starbucks!

Starting May 6 and running through May 15, come into participating stores between 3-5 p.m. for a half-price Frappuccino® blended beverage of your choice.

Moe’s Lowers Cost of Burritos to $3 Burritos All Day Thursday to Raise Money for Local Military

Moe’s Lowers Cost of Burritos to $3 Burritos All Day Thursday to Raise Money for Local Military

May is here and it's time to show our continued support for our courageous troops overseas. Moe’s Southwest Grill will be discounting their burritos for their annual Cinco de Moe’s event on May 5th in hopes to encourage donations to USO. The average cost of a burrito is in the $5-$7 range but on Cinco de Moe’s the cost will be lowered to $3.00 to encourage customers to donate the difference.

Free Pancakes at Participating Perkins Restaurants 3/21 to Benefit Give Kids The World

On Monday, March 21, more than 420 Perkins Restaurant & Bakery locations will join together for a system-wide fundraiser benefitting Give Kids The World, a nonprofit organization that provides week-long vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at a fanciful, “storybook” retreat in Central Florida. Guests dining at participating restaurants on “Perkins Pancake Day” can enjoy a free shortstack of Perkins made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes, expertly prepared using Perkins legendary recipe created and perfected more than 50 years ago. In return, guests can consider making a donation to Give Kids The World.

IHOP’S Free Pancake Giveaway Returns March 1, 2011

Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia families can be a part of pancake history as IHOP serves up FREE pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on March 1, 2011!  From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at IHOP restaurants across the country, families and friends can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes, and in turn, make a donation to IHOP’s national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  All of the funds raised locally will benefit the pediatric programs at Shands Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital, both of which are Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Local Area Students Raise Money for Cancer Research

Clink, clank, clunk!  That’s the sound more than 300,000 students throughout North Florida will soon hear as they pour their pocket change into collection jars to support Olive Garden’s 17th-annual Pasta for Pennies program benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) School & Youth campaign.  Last year, Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies collected $6.1 million nationally, bringing the total amount donated since the program’s inception to more than $53 million.