There is hereby established a Seaside Heights Tourist Development Commission, which shall be an official agency of the Borough of Seaside Heights.
The Commission shall consist of five members, who shall be appointed by resolution of the Borough Council. One member shall be a designated representative of the Mayor and Council, who shall advise the governing body of the work of the Commission and who shall serve at the Mayor and Council's pleasure. The remaining four members of the Commission shall be appointed in the same manner but shall be individuals upon whom the additional assessment or licensing fees hereinafter established shall be imposed. The term of said remaining four members of the Commission shall be for two years, except that of the members first appointed, two shall be appointed for terms of one year and two for terms of two years. If any vacancy occurs on the Commission other than by expiration of term, it shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. No members of the Commission shall be compensated for the performance of their Commission duties.
[Amended 5-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-612-17-2003 by Ord. No. 03-37]
There shall be an additional fee assessment against all licenses issued under Chapter 122 of the Code of the Borough of Seaside Heights, against all alcoholic beverage licenses issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 33:1-19 and against all amusement games licenses issued pursuant to N.J.S.A. 5:8-100 et seq. Said fee shall be payable to the Borough of Seaside Heights and shall be in the amount of 50% of the current license fee up to a maximum of $200. The Borough shall create a fund from the revenues collected under this chapter and that fund shall be held by the Seaside Heights Tourist Development Commission.
The Seaside Heights Tourist Development Commission shall have the exclusive authority to disburse all of the revenues allocated to the Tourist Development Fund herein established. It shall spend moneys from the Fund in a manner it deems advisable for the purpose of publicizing and otherwise promoting the Borough of Seaside Heights in order to attract tourism; however, at least 50% of the revenues from the Fund shall be disbursed for advertising outside the municipality to attract tourists into the municipality, which is deemed to be a public purpose.
The Seaside Heights Tourist Development Commission shall keep records of its meetings, activities and expenditures. At any time upon request of the governing body and in no event less than once annually, the Commission shall make a report based on its records. The governing body shall examine the report to determine whether all disbursements from the Fund have been made for the purpose hereinabove stated. If the governing body shall determine that disbursements were not made pursuant to the stated purpose of the act, it may, by resolution stating the reasons therefor, remove any and all members of the Commission.