Manatee Tourist Development Council names Charlie Hunsicker Tourism Ambassador of the Year

  • Dec 7, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 7, 2015) – Manatee County Tourist Development Council today recognized Charlie Hunsicker with its highest honor naming him Tourism Ambassador of the Year. Hunsicker’s award comes on the heels of a national award for a recent beach renourishment project on Anna Maria Island.

Charlie Hunsicker (center) was named the 2015 Tourism Ambassador of the Year
Charlie Hunsicker (center) was named the 2015 Tourism Ambassador of the Year

 In October, Manatee County received the Robert L. Wiegel Coastal Project Award from the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association. The award recognizes a coastal project that has “stood the test of time and has shown a positive environmental, social, or recreational benefit.” The Association awarded Manatee County for the project that involved pumping one million cubic yards of sand from offshore from 2013-14.


“Charlie is a guy that gets things done. Your colleagues recognize what you’ve done for Manatee County,” said Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Elliott Falcione. “Charlie has been great for tourism.”


TDC member Ed Chiles said Anna Maria Island’s world-renowned beaches are the direct result of Hunsicker’s efforts to obtain state and federal funding for renourishment projects dating back to 1986. Chiles described the “desperate” condition of local beaches in the 1980s and 90s before Hunsicker spearheaded efforts to restock the beaches with sand.


“These things would not have happened but for your efforts and the fact that you would not give up,” Chiles said of Hunsicker. “You’re one of the finest public servants I’ve ever seen.”


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