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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the official website of the Columbia County Tourist Development Council (the “Council”). Our website,, and other domains, subdomains, portals and any related online content (collectively, the “sites” or “online services”) controlled by the Council are offered as a service to the citizens of Columbia County and to the general public.

Terms of Use

By accessing this site and its contents, you hereby agree to accept the following terms and conditions and to not use this site for any unlawful activity.

Public Records & E-Mail

Under Florida law e-mail addresses communicated to or held by a state agency are public records. If you wish to avoid any possibility of your e-mail address being released in response to a public records request to the Council, you should not send electronic mail to the Council or otherwise provide it through our online services. Instead, you may contact the Council or another appropriate agency of Columbia County, Florida, by calling 386-758-1005 or writing to 135 NE Hernando Avenue, Suite 203 Lake City, FL 32056-1529.

Any e-mail communications by you made through e-mail or messaging system links contained on this or any other site controlled by the Council shall in no way constitute legal notice to the Council, its members, or staff. E-mail direct to appropriate Columbia County or Council staff should be used to address any specific business issues or site content. Comments, questions or recommendations may be directed to the webmaster via email by clicking here.

Rights to Use Content – Terms and Conditions

We’re excited to share your social content.

By replying to the Council’s consent request to participate in CrowdRiff (a content aggregation tool) with the hashtags #sharespringlands or #springsrus, you grant the COLUMBIA COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL and its affiliates, subsidiaries, successors, assigns, licensees, sub-licensees, agents, contractors and officials an irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, unrestricted, perpetual sub-licensable (through multiple tiers) and transferable right and license to use, copy, transmit, publish or otherwise distribute, modify, create derivative works based upon, incorporate into other works, publicly perform and display the content or any portion thereof, in or through any medium, whether now known or hereafter created (including, but not limited to, on the Council’s Facebook pages, other websites owned or controlled by the Council, its affiliates or anyone acting on the Council’s authority, and in e-mails, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram communications), for any and all lawful purposes without compensation to you, and agree to execute documents, instruments or agreements confirming such right and license at the Council’s reasonable request. You agree that any and all content posted by you on any form of social media (“Content”) is non-confidential and represent that you are the sole owner of the Content and that Council’s use of the content will not violate the rights of any third party, including, but not limited to, copyright rights, and that you will defend and hold harmless the Council from any and all claims arising therefrom.

  • You are at least 18 years of age, you have the legal right to enter into this agreement and you are not impersonating anyone else.
  • You own all rights in and to your Content including without limitation, all rights to the audio, video and or digital recording and performance contained in your Content (if any) and/or you have acquired all necessary rights to the elements appearing in your Content to enable you to grant the same rights to Council as described herein.
  • Your Content is wholly original and does not infringe on the copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or any other intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or any other legal or moral rights of any third party individual or entity.
  • You agree to release and allow all creative license and creative treatment in the use and production of your Content at the discretion of Council and its affiliate agents.
  • You voluntarily agree to waive all “moral rights” that you may have to your Content.
  • Any information contained in your Content is not known to you to be false, inaccurate or misleading.
  • Your Content does not violate any law.
  • You were not and will not be compensated or granted any consideration by the Council or any other third party for submitting your Content.
  • You will not be compensated or granted any consideration in any way by the Council or any other third party for the use of your Content.
  • Your Content does not incorporate materials from a third party website, copyright protected materials or personally identifiable information of anyone other than yourself.
  • You agree to irrevocably release and forever discharge the Council and its agents, contractors, officials and employees from any and all actions, claims, damages, liabilities and demands, whether absolute or contingent and of any nature whatsoever, which you now have or hereafter can, shall or may have against the Council, its agents, contractors, officials or employees without limitation resulting from the use of your Content or anything contained therein.


You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Council and its agents, contractors, officials and employees from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, expenses or fees (including a reasonable amount of attorney’s fees) that such parties may incur as a result of or arising from your breach of these terms and conditions. The Council reserves the right in its sole discretion to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you and you agree to cooperate with the Council’s defense of such claims.

Modifications to These Terms and Conditions

The Council may, at its sole discretion, change these Terms and Conditions at any time. Any such changes will be posted on along with the new effective date.


Should you want your Content removed from the Council’s website, you will need to send an email message to Once the Council acknowledges receipt of your email request, please allow 30 days for any action to take place.


You understand and agree that your Content will be publicly displayed and it will not be treated in confidence. In fact, many people from around the world will be able to view your Content and by replying to the Council’s request for consent you provide the Council with the right to use and share your Content on its current or future websites including but not limited to and in all of their social media channels including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and in all their advertising and marketing including, but not limited to, print and digital as well as in printed brochures.

Credit for Content

The Council shall exercise reasonable efforts to include credit to you when using the content, provided that the details such as your name and/or social media identity (i.e., Twitter handle) are included by you. You voluntarily agree to waive all moral rights in favor of the Council, and under no circumstance shall a failure to include credit by the Council, its agents, contractors, employees, officials or sub-licensees constitute a breach of these Terms or Conditions or otherwise subject such parties to liability.


These Terms and Conditions and the Privacy Statement together with any additional terms to which you agree when using particular elements of the website(s) constitute the entire and exclusive agreement between you and Council.

Governing Law

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by the laws of the state of Florida.

Privacy Policy

All records of the state or political subdivisions of the state are open for public inspection and copying, subject to certain exemptions. This policy, together with the right of individuals to be free from unauthorized governmental intrusion into their private lives, as provided in Article 1, Section 23, of the Florida Constitution, is the basis for this Privacy Policy. When you use, you are acknowledging that any personal information you provide is subject to Florida’s public records law as stated in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and Article I, Section 24, of the Florida Constitution.

You do not have to provide personal information to visit this site, download its publications, or use e-mail communications, or any other feature. The Council collects no personal information about you when you visit this site unless you choose to provide this information. The Council does, however, collect statistical data to track visitor use and site activity.

Information about your visit

The servers for this site automatically record your visits to this site. Like all other website servers, the Council’s servers compile a log that records the date, time, browser (i.e., Firefox), device type (i.e., iPhone), operating system (i.e. Android) and originating IP address of each site page request. Your IP address is not personally identifiable information. This site uses cookies to collect the following information about your visit to this site: which website or ad you visited right before this site, which pages you visited on this site, and how much time you spent on each section of this site. This site may also collect other data about your visit, such as search requests and results. The Council uses this information to track usage of this site, to measure the number of unique visitors to the different sections of this site, and to help us make this site more useful. The use of this information is called “analytics.” The Council may build interest profiles based on page visits. “Cookies” are data files, which often include an anonymous unique identifier, sent to your hard drive from a website. Cookies can only be read by the party placing the cookie. They cannot erase or alter any of your data. When you visit the website again using the same browser (Google Chrome or Safari, for example), the cookie allows that website to recognize your computer. Cookies may store user preferences and other information. Cookies allow us to anonymously identify and track users as they move around this site. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some of this site’s features may not function properly without cookies. Most browsers accept cookies automatically but allow you to disable them. It is recommended that you leave cookies enabled so that we can offer the best experience on this site. For more information about cookies, visit

Information About Your Location

From your IP address, the Council can tell generally which city you are in when you are accessing this site.

Information Third Parties Collect Electronically Automatically

Third-Party Cookies for Site Use Analysis

The Council uses third parties such as Google to help analyze how people are using this site. The Council also uses the Google Analytics service to provide demographic data about users, such as age and gender, on an anonymous basis. Google service uses a cookie that can be recognized by Google or its affiliate DoubleClick when you visit other websites.

Opting Out of Google Analytics

To prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics, click here for instructions.

Opting Out of Google Advertising

To opt out of Google behavioral advertising, click here to see your Google ad settings.

Opting Out Generally

The Council does not have access to, nor does this Privacy Policy govern, the use of cookies or other tracking technologies that may be placed on your computer, mobile phone, or other devices by non-affiliated, third-party ad technology, ad servers, ad networks or any other non-affiliated third parties. If you would like to learn more about behavioral advertising or to opt-out of having this information used by companies that are part of the Network Advertising Initiative to deliver targeted ads, please visit Many of the same companies are members of the Self-Regulatory Program for Online Behavioral Advertising. You can learn more and opt-out of receiving targeted ads from them at Choices you make are both browser and device-specific. This means that if you opt-out when using Safari on your computer at work, you will not be opted out on Chrome or on your home computer. Please note that when you opt out of an ad network, you may receive an “opt-out” cookie so that the network will know not to assign you new cookies in the future. You will continue to receive ads from that network, but not behaviorally targeted ads. If you erase your browser’s cookies, you may need to perform this process again.

Deleting cookies

To manage or delete browser cookies, please see your browser’s privacy setting.

Do Not Track

Some browsers have a ‘do not track’ feature that lets you tell websites that you do not want to have your online activities tracked. These features are not yet uniform, so this site is not currently set up to respond to those signals.

With Whom Will the Collected Information be Shared?

Personal Information

The Council shares the information that you voluntarily provide with our tourism partners and with business partners that fulfill your requests for information, such as companies that mail our print brochures.

The Council also shares your e-mail address with trusted business partners who provide tourism services and have also agreed to use your information only to promote their own products and services.

The Council may disclose the information that you voluntarily provide as required by law, in conjunction with a government inquiry, or in litigation or dispute resolution.

Anonymous Information

The Council may disclose statistical information to third parties in an aggregate form without revealing any personal details about this site’s users (for example, 35% of the site’s visitors live in the Snowbelt).

Third-Party Cookies Used to Target Ads to You When You are on Other Websites

The Council works with other companies who use their cookies or beacons to target ads to you when you visit other websites. This is called retargeting and is a common practice. You may also see third-party ads on this site that are targeted to you based on your prior visits to that third party’s website. Other companies the Council works with target other Florida vacation ads to you on other websites. This is called behavioral advertising because you receive ads based on your prior online behavior. For example, when you visit this site, you may receive a cookie on your browser that is read when you visit Facebook using that same browser so that during your visits to the Facebook website you might receive advertising based on the pages you visited on this site. “Beacons” are transparent pixel images that are used in collecting information about website usage across websites and over time.


This site applies the use of cookies to track, authenticate, and monitor web traffic only. The cookie does not contain any personally identifiable information.


You may decline participation in any activity that asks for information (i.e., surveys or e-mails). Your choice to not participate will have no effect on your ability to access information on this site.

Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Information

Visitors to, and users of, this site are advised that information contained here is believed to be accurate. However, errors can occur. The Council makes no representation regarding the completeness, accuracy, or timeliness of such information and the data or that such information and data will be error-free. In the event that the information on the Council’s official printed documents differ from the information contained on this site, information on the Council’s official printed documents will take precedence. Visitors are encouraged to review the official version of all documents upon which they plan to rely.

External Links Policy

The Council links to external websites to provide users with additional information on related topics. The Council has no control and disclaims any responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained on such linked websites, any privacy policies of the websites or any content of the websites that may affect your computer. Furthermore, providing a link does not imply any endorsement by the Council or any of its officers, agents, or affiliates of the persons or organizations on linked websites and does not imply any endorsement of the views they express or the products or services offered.

Although the Council tries to ensure broken links do not exist, links to other Internet sites may have changed. If you encounter broken links, please report it to so that it may be corrected.

Protection of Minors

The Council is concerned about protecting children’s privacy. In accordance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, children under the age of 13 should obtain their parents’ permission before providing any information through this site. Most importantly, when children do provide information through this site, it is only used to enable us to respond to the writer, and not to create profiles of children.


In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Lake City, Florida’s Springlands and the Columbia County Tourist Development Council does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission, access, or operations of its programs, services, activities or facilities. In accordance with Title II of the ADA, when viewed in their entirety, programs, services, and activities are readily accessible to and usable by qualified individuals with disabilities.

Section 508 Law (29 U.S.C. ‘794d)

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. ‘794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. It is recommended that you review the laws and regulations listed below to further your understanding about Section 508 and how you can support implementation.

°Americans With Disabilities (ADA) Public Notice

°Section 508 Standards