Volume 94 l October 2022

Weekly eConnection
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President's Desk Edition

A new program year...

The "WE" Approach!

AT THE TOP: Your Chamber’s 2022-23 Executive Committee gathers for its first official meeting this week. They are, from left front, Melody Hunter of Charles Rutenberg Realty, vice chair Membership Division; Jake Prokop of Pinellas Technical College, Chairman of the Board; Mia Cloud of Cloud Law Firm, Chairman of the Board-Elect; Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco, Immediate Past Chairman; Tom Morrissette, Chamber President; and David Puckett of Achieva Credit Union, vice chair of Government/Community Outreach Division. Missing from photo are Pam Van Sant of National Aviation Academy, Treasurer; and Joanie Vergo of Kemco Systems, vice chair of Economic Development Division.

From the President's Desk

*****Happy October!

*****Hurricane Ian definitely put a damper on some of our programs and events as we transitioned to this month. But we can’t downplay how fortunate we are!

*****Our Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast was among the postponements. We’re delighted that we could reschedule it quickly to next Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. All reservations made for Sept. 27 are in stone! And we’ve reopened sales thru this week for those who had a conflict with the earlier date. See info/link below.

*****This month starts a new Chamber Program Year under the catchphrase “It’s Great to Belong – The WE Approach!” We’ll be working to heighten our visibility and relevance while expanding and celebrating our community partnerships.

*****This will be under the direction of our Chamber Board of Directors “Class of 2023” who we’ll officially welcome at the breakfast. My personal thanks to them for their commitment. I’ve included our Board roster below and you can always find it on our website.

*****Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous month. And thank you for your continued Chamber support and loyalty!

*****Tom Morrissette, President

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Click here for online reservations: Annual Mtg Awards Breakfast

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As Ian-ravaged parts of Florida face long recovery, where will tourists go?

Visit Florida is trying to make sure those seasonal tourists rebook somewhere in Florida. The challenge is to keep the state’s hospitality businesses from sustaining another devastating blow during the usual busy winter season.

Rapid rise in gas prices wipes out most tax holiday savings in Florida

Days after Florida’s monthlong gas-tax holiday took effect on Oct. 1, global oil prices spiked and triggered a quick rise in retail gas prices that wiped out most of the savings.

As deadline looms, here's what you need to know to register to vote in Nov. 8 elections

If you still haven't registered to vote or you want to change your party affiliation before the general election, you'll need to do so today.

Hurricane Ian forecast cone may have been cone of confusion for some people

The hurricane forecast cone was introduced in 2002 as a way to communicate the track of an incoming storm to the public. It has been maligned, misunderstood and regretted ever since.

What happened to the mangoes, tomatoes and other Florida crops after Hurricane Ian?

Across Florida, Hurricane Ian trampled through about 4 million acres of farmland, according to the latest figures from the Agriculture Department for the affected counties.

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