CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Charlotte County's beaches could soon make waves in a new reality TV show!
County officials approved using almost $80,000 of your money to pay a well known expert to sell what Charlotte has to offer.
"It's the kind of exposure that wouldn't be available if you wanted to buy it and if it was available, you couldnt afford it. So, to have something like this dropped in your lap is really great," said Jerry Jones.
Director of Film and Digital Media, Jerry Jones said production crews could be setting up shop on Charlotte County sand as early as October filming a pilot for a reality TV show featuring beautiful beaches. And who better to do that than Stephen Leatherman or 'Dr. Beach' himself?
Most known for his list of the nation's top ten beaches, Dr Beach visited this area a few years ago. Robin Madden with Islander Properties on Palm Knight Don Pedro Island invited him out here.
"After that he decided he fell in love with the island and Charlotte County and he decided he wanted to develop a series called 'Buying Beachfront' she said.
Making the island the setting for the pilot episode. With Tuesday's green light from the county, tourism leaders are funding the shoot, a $79,000 price tag.
"When we have reality shows show up, the response is huge. Because it gives national exposure and these are programs that get shown not just once, but they get repeated," Jones added.
Dr Beach will also use some of that money to create a three-minute promotional video just about Charlotte County.
"It's going to put us on the map," Madden added.
Tourism leaders say Dr Beach will market the TV show to networks like the Weather Channel, Discovery America and HGTV.