COLLIER COUNTY — Collier County will join a multi-district lawsuit against Transocean, seeking $450,000 in losses tied to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year.
At a board meeting Tuesday, county commissioners agreed to file a claim. It was on the consent agenda, so there was no discussion.
The claim is primarily for lost tourist development taxes. The tax is a 4 percent charge on hotel rooms and other short-term rentals.
Collier County saw a dip in tourism for months after the spill, though oil never reached its beaches. That resulted in a decline in the tourist development taxes, which support destination marketing, beach improvements, local museums and tourism-driven events.