COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Several hotels tell WINK News keeping the bed tax low at 4% helps them stay competitive against the rest of Florida where the tax is 5% and more. But supporters say this new effort would bring in an extra $4 million a year.
"The beaches are what's gonna bring the people, and if we don't have the beaches beautiful the way they should be, maybe the people wont come."
That's why advocates want to raise the bed tax. They say all that extra money could be put toward renourishing our beautiful beaches.
"My goal as a citizen is to help have a beautiful Naples and by doing that I think we have to raise the bed tax," said Murrary Hendel.
Visitors are charged a 4% tax whenever they stay in hotels or rental properties. Murray Hendel, President of the Collier Citizens Council, said it should be raised to 5% to bring in millions of dollars.
"it would be beneficial to the hotels and the people."
Hotels like La Playa Beach and Golf Resort off Vanderbilt Beach Road. General Manager Ron Vuy doesn't support a bed tax increase.
"The hotels aren't inexpensive, nor are the restaurants or the shops. So why should we risk our business by increasing a tax?" said Vuy.
Hendel said the decision would be up to Collier County Commissioners who have voted it down in the past. But I spoke to visitors on Vanderbilt Beach who said paying more doesn't bother them.
"We'd still stay in Naples, definitely, too beautiful."