Keep the Film Production Tax Incentive in Florida
They say Miami is the next "HOLLYWOOD"?.... Well, I just don't see it...... State Incentives help with production budgets so that Producers can bring their film projects to Florida, thus generating the much needed revenue for the state as well as create additional employment for Floridians and continued artistic opportunities for local Actors and professionals specializing in all areas of the entertainment industry. Some of the biggest shows to date have been filmed here or are currently still in production in Florida. Shows like "Burn Notice", "The Glades","Magic City", "Graceland", "The Arrangement", the Michael Bay film, "Pain and Gain" and this summer's blockbuster: "Iron Man 3", created countless jobs and opportunities for local industry professionals and lent a huge boost to small and large businesses alike. The production cost to film a single episode can exceed the 200k mark and cutting the Film Tax Incentive will put Florida at a huge competitive disadvantage with neighboring states. The 'Lure' to film here in Florida will soon be lost and for production offices, it will be simpler to seek shoot locations elsewhere, where the incentives are booming in states such as Georgia, Louisiana and others. Let's face it, if the incentive is gone so are our opportunities as Actors, Technicians, Artists, Drivers, Caterers, Suppliers, Electricians, Security personnel, Makeup artists, etc. Other businesses will also lose in potential revenue such as hotels, car rental companies, health and beauty stores, clothing stores, gas, and other support services, that benefit from these productions. Due to the uncertainty of the Film Tax Incentive, we have already lost several potential productions that moved their filming elsewhere. Actors and Entertainment Industry Professionals are in true "Pursuit" of their careers. We must go and be where the opportunities are abundant. Please help to keep the Florida Film Tax Incentive active.The time is now to show our strength in numbers if not by presence or voice, but in signatures. Please join me in signing this petition and help support to keep our Film Tax Incentive here in Florida, we certainly deserve it.
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