December 2018
Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.
Some interesting bills already filed
in the Florida Legislature
Senator Lauren Book of Plantation filed a bill that would transfer the concealed weapons licensing program of the Division of Licensing of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to the Department of Law Enforcement. Senator Wilton Simpson of Citrus/Hernando/Pasco filed a bill that would make talking or texting on a wireless device while driving a primary offense. Senator Rob Bradley, who represents several counties along Florida's northern border, filed a Senate Joint Resolution which would require any proposed amendments to the State Constitution be filed one subject per amendment.

NEW! Pinellas County Legislative Delegation

First Public Hearing on December 18, 2018
SPC Seminole Campus, 9 am - 1 pm

Meet the 2019 Delegation, including former CRCC Chair, now State House District 66 Representative Nick DiCeglie!
For Your Information
The Pinellas Trail, a 47 mile hiking/biking trail connecting St. Petersburg with Central and north Pinellas County, is the longest urban linear trail in the eastern United States.

The United States city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater.

Also, did you know that although women make up 49% of the world's population, men are 7 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women??
Florida's transportation agency now listens to neighbors it once dismissed

TAMPA — The Florida Department of Transportation has an image problem, and new hires within the agency are trying to fix it.

For years, the department was known for its antagonistic relationship with the public,  which peaked with the Tampa Bay Express highway expansion . That project was quashed after a public outcry, and multiple leaders were replaced. Now, the agency is trying to move forward and rebuild trust in the community.

A new district secretary who is viewed as more open helps. So do events like a listening tour the state organized in West Tampa on Friday. Department heads and engineers boarded a bus with community members in hopes of developing relationships and learning more about the neighborhood.

Barrier Islands Governmental Council
What is the Big C?

The Big C, incorporated in 1990, is a governmental council including eleven municipalities residing on the west coast of Florida, from St. Pete Beach to Clearwater:

Belleair Beach, Belleair Shore, Clearwater, Indian Rocks Beach, Indian Shores, Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, Redington Beach, Redington Shores, St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island

Why does the Big C Exist?
To stimulate communications between the barrier islands cities to focus on problems common to all, including but not limited to: tourism, recycling, public transportation, beach preservation, renourishment and access, marine environment, air and water quality, public safety, density management, waterway regulation, taxation based on permanent residents and average transient population, to unite and be able to have one voice addressing the County, State and Federal governments while respecting the individuality of each city.

We invite you to become acquainted with--and participate in--the Big C!

Editorial: Brightline has started on the right track
A fast train from Tampa to Orlando is a good concept, but details — price and how to get from the station to the Gulf beaches — will be keys to its success.

Extra lanes could bring relief to Howard Frankland bottleneck by 2020
TAMPA — The bottleneck driving north on the Howard Frankland Bridge is one of the most frustrating and rage-inducing in Tampa Bay.

The interstate drops from four lanes to two at the West Shore interchange, causing backups that can span the length of the bridge. The traffic leads to missed flights, late work arrivals and profanity-laced rants.

But state officials say it's about to get better — just give them two years.

The Florida Department of Transportation will start construction in about six months on additional lanes that officials say will bring relief.

Business of the Year 2019
Submit your nominations now for our Business of the Year! The form is available on our website under the " Business of the Year ' page, or email Mimi Farley in our office at .
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council - Florida's First
TBRPC brings together governments to coordinate planning for the community’s future and provide an opportunity for sharing solutions among the local government jurisdictions in the six-county Tampa Bay region.

TBRPC was established as Florida’s first regional planning council in 1962, when representatives from St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa recognized the need for regional coordination. They believed growth and community issues extend beyond county and municipal boundaries, a concept that still defines the Council’s purpose today. TBRPC is one of ten regional planning councils in Florida.

The region’s six counties, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas are required by law to exercise regional cooperation through membership on the Council. Other municipal members are Bradenton, Clearwater, Dade City, Dunedin, Gulfport, Largo, Madeira Beach, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palmetto, Pinellas Park, Plant City, Safety Harbor, Seminole, South Pasadena, St. Pete Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa,Tarpon Springs, Temple Terrace and Treasure Island. These governments are represented on the Council by elected officials appointed by their local boards. They comprise two thirds of the Council’s membership. The Governor appoints additional members, making up the remaining third of the Council. There are also four ex-officio members representing the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Florida Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection, and Enterprise Florida.

Upcoming Events
January, 24

Join us for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 97 th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. We will introduce your new board chair, highlight our accomplishments and where we are heading for 2019.

Meet us at the Opal Sands Resort for networking from 5:00 to 6:00pm, followed by dinner and awards from 6:00 to 9:00pm. The Annual Meeting traditionally attracts over 500 attendees from all sectors of the Community: Education; HealthCare, Government, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Tourism, Services.

A $500 Patron Sponsor provides you with two tickets and your company name listed in the event program.   Enjoy our Early Opportunity specials and book your Associate Sponsorship for $1200 (save $300) or Award Sponsors for $2800 (save $200) by December 7 th .

Purchase your sponsorship online at here or, contact .

Our Annual Meeting is always a SOLD OUT event. Book your sponsorship today.
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Opal Sands Resort  430 S Gulfview Blvd 
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
St. Pete Clearwater
TOURISM X Partner Summit
Wednesday, December 12 learn about the latest and greatest digital and marketing trends in tourism from Google, Expedia, Smith Travel Research and more.
Club Saver's Two Year Anniversary
Wednesday, December 12 bring your friends and family to Ferg's Sports Bar for m usic, prizes, games. While meeting the Founders, Club Directors, and Fellow Members.
For the Record
Upcoming Public Meetings
Click on links below for meeting agenda and location details.

Economic Development Initiatives of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by BayCare Health Systems.

Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Public Policy & Business Development

Questions or comments?

There will be no Public Policy & Business Development or Transportation Committee meetings in December!